Loreal Scott joins College Success Arizona as the new Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer.
Loreal is from Tuba City, Arizona, which is located on the Navajo Nation. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, and received her Master of Education degree in School Counseling from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff.
For the past five years Loreal served as the Native American Academic Advisor at Coconino High School in Flagstaff, under the Indian Education Support Program for Flagstaff Unified School District. Prior to working in education, Loreal worked for four years as an Executive Assistant to Coconino County Supervisor Lena Fowler in Tuba City and Flagstaff.
Loreal is passionate about access to higher education, particularly for underserved populations. Loreal says, “College changed my life. I don’t know how successful I would have been if there hadn’t been encouraging advocates for me along the way, starting in high school. Higher education opened up many unbelievable opportunities for me and I wanted more people like me to experience a similar journey—especially those who believe college is beyond their reach.” Her work in this area dates back to her undergraduate years when she designed and implemented a “College and Career Planning Program” in her home community after being awarded a summer fellowship from the Bates College Harward Center for Community Partnerships. She also wrote her senior thesis for her bachelor’s degree on barriers to higher education for minority students.
While working for Flagstaff Unified School District, she volunteered as a member of the advisory board for the local United National Indian Tribal Youth (U.N.I.T.Y) Council. Loreal thoroughly enjoyed her time working directly with students as a school counselor and she also looks forward to being actively engaged with our organization’s policy analysis and initiatives.