Mary Shy Scott also ushered in a program to train members to serve as graduate advisors whose purpose is to guide undergraduates. The program remains in place today as a testimony to her vision.
With the Sorority growing and expanding, Mary Shy Scott successfully led the effort to add a third floor to the Sorority’s corporate office. This strengthened the Sorority’s operations and helped the Sorority better serve its members and those it serves worldwide. She also led a $1 million capitalization campaign.
Mary Shy Scott also assured that the Sorority’s history would be shared with the public when the Alpha Kappa Alpha Archives were officially opened at the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center at Howard University on November 6, 1993.
She also received countless honors, accolades and awards for her service, passion and documented successes. Global recognition included the Ouidah ’92 Award for Lifetime Achievement, which was presented to her by President N.D. Soola from the Benin Republic of West Africa.
After her tenure ended, she continued to be a motivating presence and beacon of Alpha Kappa Alpha light. She promoted and supported AKA and was a source of inspiration to all she met and influenced.
Scott’s influence extended beyond the Sorority to the city of Atlanta. She is an alumnus of Spelman College and was a Class A member of the Human Rights Commission of the Atlanta City Council. The Dr. Mary Shy Scott papers, 1981-1996, 1999 are held at the Auburn Avenue Research Library.
She was an elementary school music specialist whose commitment to education earned her an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Miles College in Birmingham, Alabama. In her capacity as a motivational speaker, she inspired others.
“Mary Shy Scott was a treasure whose body of work, life narrative and documented successes serve as an ever-lasting inspiration. While Alpha Kappa Alpha mourns her loss, we also celebrate her life, which was filled with historic achievements.”
She is survived by her husband of over 60 years, Alfred, Sr., daughter Alfredene Scott Benton, a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and two sons, Arthur and Alfred Jr.
(Photo: Courtesy of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority)