Without much fanfare in recent years, Stephanie and Tommy Scott have honored their late son's name with a college scholarship.
The annual award has gone to a deserving Mill Creek senior football player because of the Scotts' relationship with the program -- Tommy is the Hawks' defensive coordinator -- and the $1,000 grant has given a nice boost to college-bound student-athletes like this year's recipient, Devonte Lewis, a preferred walk-on at Georgia Southern.
During that time, the Win for Wyn Foundation steadily built momentum each year, allowing an expansion of its scholarship program to include all Gwinnett County schools for the first time this year. The inaugural county-wide Win for Wyn scholarships, two at this point with a possibility of more being added, will be awarded later this year at the Touchdown Club of Gwinnett's annual banquet.
"It's been a dream of mine for five years," said Stephanie Scott, whose advisory board includes former South Gwinnett/Georgia quarterback David Greene, Gwinnett County Public Schools athletic director Mike Emery, TD Club of Gwinnett executive director Dave Hunter and Competitive Edge Sports founder Chip Smith, among others. "It's really a dream come true for me and my husband. We're so thrilled with it."
The Scotts started the foundation to honor their son, Thomas Goodwin "Wyn" Scott V, a premature infant who died at just 25 days old.
He was born weighing just 2 pounds, 4 ounces and 14 inches long, but his parents admired his fight up until his passing on Dec. 3, 1999.
Stephanie Scott talks of her son's courage, determination and a fierce will to live, which also are the traits she wants in her foundation's scholarship recipients. Nominations are being accepted from Gwinnett County coaches, who are encouraged to nominate youngsters for the scholarship based on their leadership, character, fight and determination. Students nominated for the award must have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA and at least 1,500 SAT or 20 ACT score.
"Wyn's 25 days of life transformed the lives of all those around him," Stephanie Scott said. "In tribute, the Win for Wyn Scholarship was developed as a way to touch lives and inspire hope in the future of our young men."
For details on the scholarship or information on how to donate to the project, visit www.winforwyn.org.