Name: Megan Scott
Hometown: Hudson, MA
Major: English and politics
Notable UD Memory: Gathering in the park with her classmates during COVID-19 to listen to Dr. Stefanie Miller’s lectures on Solzhenitsyn
Achievements: Winning the Gilman International Scholarship, the Sumners Scholarship, the Dr. Dona S. Gower Memorial Endowed Scholarship and the 2023 Ella Caruthers Porter Prize of the Lakeside Browning Club.
Future Plans: Attending the Catholic Studies graduate program at the University of St. Thomas and joining the editorial team of the journal Logos.
After being medically discharged from the United States Coast Guard Academy, Megan Scott, BA ’23, set about the looming task of transferring to a new university. Providentially, she recalled a conversation she had with a friend’s friend about UD, her only connection to the university at the time.
“He was speaking about Plato’s ‘Republic’ with so much joy and genuine desire for the truth that I was inspired by the way he was doing his education,” Scott remarked. “I realized that I really wanted that.”
Her pursuit of wisdom galvanized her into moving halfway across the country to Texas. Once at UD, she encountered a community strengthened by a mutual commitment to education and truth.
“I think this is a beautiful thing that’s cultivated by the professors, who go out of their way to support students in their relationship to learning,” Scott said. She likes that professors here do not merely train their students to memorize facts; they also care about their formation.
“I think that’s what’s unique about UD,” she emphasizes. “That and the beauty of the Core.”
Scott appreciates the fact that she can walk down the Mall and have conversations with other majors about the things they’ve learned in their Core classes.
“There’s this common base of knowledge that the Core gives us, and that is very particular to the UD culture as well,” she said.