4th Annual Leo F. Scott Day Celebration

4th Annual Leo F. Scott Day Celebration

The 4th annual Leo F. Scott Day Celebration was held Saturday, February 8th at New Light Baptist Church. The theme for the celebration was “Believe in Yourself.” Youth from several of the local churches participated in the celebration. The speaker for the event was Dr. Jerry Taylor, assistant Professor of Bible at ACU. The legacy of Rev. Dr. Leo F. Scott is one of faith and service to God, love for his family and dedication to making the city of Abilene a better place for present and future generations. Dr. Scott was known as a trailblazer, mentor and bridge builder in the city of Abilene, serving as the city’s first African American pharmacist and first African American city council member He also serves on numerous boards in the Abilene community. {{more}} As an ordained minister, Rev. Scott serves as pastor of the Oak Grove Baptist Church in Hamlin, New Light Baptist Church in Abilene and as honorary pastor of Abilene’s Mt. Zion Baptist Church. The scholarship fund at New Light Baptist Church was named in his honor. He served as the first Vice Moderator and Dean on the Progressive West Texas Baptist District Association and Dean of the New World Theological Seminary. He instituted the Progressive West Texas Baptist District Association scholarship fund and was recognized by then governor Ann Richards for his contribution to the legacy of the black church. Rev. Scott was recognized by Texas Southern University for his contributions toward the education of pharmacy students and contributed significantly to numerous local students in pursuit of higher education. Never one to forget a kindness, Rev. Scott was influenced by a long ago helping hand as inspiration for beginning a scholarship fund at the Community Foundation. He and his wife, Piney, benefited from scholarships years ago and their community foundation scholarship will continue to provide the gift of education to countless Abilene youth in the future. His deep faith in God, his tireless commitment to the churches he pastured and his dedication to making the city in which he lived a better place was equaled only by his loving devotion to his wife, children and grand children, relatives, friends, colleagues and faithful believers. In the foreground are young people that may one day benefit from a Leo F. and Piney Scott Scholarship. Photo by Floyd Miller The celebration was an opportunity to remember Dr. Scott and also raise money for The Leo F. Scott and Piney Scotty Scholarship fund, which is administered by the Community Foundation of Abilene.