Four years ago, I wrote about Isaiah Scott's quest to go to Morehouse College. After piling up honors and accomplishments at West Charlotte High, he'd been accepted to the historically black, all-male private school in Atlanta. But as one of seven children of a divorced dad, he needed money to close the gap between the scholarships he'd won and the $29,000-a-year cost.
Support poured in for the personable, hard-working teen. Churches, businesses and individuals, including alums of West Charlotte and Morehouse, rallied with financial, personal and spiritual support. They stuck with him through four years of college, where he continued his record of leadership and success.
Yesterday I visited the newly-minted Morehouse graduate and some of his family (more about that coming in print soon). Scott couldn't say enough good things about the support he got from the West Charlotte faculty and the community members who helped him through college.
|L-R: Esther, Isaiah, Leon (father) and John Scott.|
While he was at Morehouse, he helped recruit students for Teach For America, a program that sends young teachers into West Charlotte and other high-poverty CMS schools. He'll soon report to work at American Express in New York City, but he had a few weeks between his May 15 graduation and his start date.
So he tapped his network of Charlotte contacts to help him get an internship with Mayor Anthony Foxx. "There's kind of a 'no sitting around the house' mentality here," he said of his high-achieving family. Scott didn't get to join Foxx on his trip to the White House earlier this week, but he did help prepare Foxx's notes for his meeting with the president.
Seeing Scott at 22, sharp and confident in his business suit, I couldn't help thinking back to the last conversation we'd had, when he was an 18-year-old humbled by all the support. "I don't want to come back to Charlotte and it's like, 'Aw, man, I invested in a knucklehead,' " he said then.
No danger of that.