In 2007, the Scott Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, was founded by Colleen Walski to pay tribute to her only son, Scott who was tragically taken when he was only 27. Through the transformative healing power of selfless service, she continues to enrich the fortune of Scott's ultimate legacy and her own!
Originally, Scott Foundation offered experiential projects that were focused on service to other schoolchildren throughout the Valley. Thousands of children participated and hundreds of teachers saw the positive impact these exercises had on the children they taught. In fact, seven public and private school teachers were the original incorporators of this organization. Throughout the life of this community program, it became apparent that the young people who were most responsive to opening their hearts and caring for others - were those who needed help themselves. Those with troubled backgrounds and outsiders in each class seemed to embrace the experiences most fiercely. Recognizing that fueled Colleen's decision to focus all their efforts on the most vulnerable of our children, Arizona's foster youth.
Scott Foundation has evolved, over the years to the transformative program it offers today - sparking greatness in Arizona's Foster Youth in a way that produces remarkable outcomes to help them transition from the foster care system into the real world with more confidence, more practical skills, solid values, a caring for others and a vision for their futures.
Since its inception, the Scott Foundation has touched the lives of more than 6,000 youth by the development of core social emotional and experiential learning. These same youth redirected nearly $764,000 in donations back into the community through their selfless service to others. Today, with the help of many community partners, foster youth rediscover themselves, heal their past and focus on a future that is exciting and productive for them. This work simply transforms lives.
"Love is the most powerful force on the earth, and the love between a bereaved parent and his/her child is a life-force to behold. Watch how they alchemize their grief into a force to be reckoned with, watch how they turn tragedy into transformation and loss into legacy. Get to know a bereaved parent. You’ll be thankful you did!”
To my dearest family and friends,
Some things I'd like to say, but first of all to let you know that I arrived okay. I'm writing this from Heaven. Here I dwell with God above. Here there are no more tears of sadness; Here is just eternal love.
Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight. Remember that I am with you every morning, noon and night. God gave me a list of things that He wished for me to do. And foremost on that list, was to watch and care for you. And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight, God and I are closet to you... in the middle of the night.
When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years, because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears. But do not be afraid to cry, it does relieve the pain. Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.
I wish that I could tell you, all that God has planned. But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand. One thing is for certain, through my life on earth is over, I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before. There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb; but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too; that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you. If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain; then you can say to God at night...... "My day was not in vain." And now I am contented... that my life was worthwhile. Knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.
So if you meet someone who is sad and feeling low; just lend a hand to pick them up, and on your way you go. When you're walking down the street and you've got me on your mind; I'm walking in your footsteps, just half a step behind.
And when it's time for you to go... from that body to be free, remember you're not going... You're coming here to me!
Sandy Cowen, LLC
Owner, ModLuxe Printing
Owner, Z Marketing Gal, LLC
Founder, Arizona Center for Laser Dentistry
CEO, The Foundation for Living Medicine
Founder Auto House
Senior Partner/Director of Family Law,
Rose Law Group PC
CPA CFO/Controller, DeRito Partners, Inc.
Founder & CEO - Scott Foundation
Honoring individuals who made extraordinary contributions to Scott Foundation
Scott's Grandmother & Foundation Guardian - Honeywell Aerospace
Joyce, retired from 31 years of leadership, offers her professional experience acquired at Sperry Flights Systems and Honeywell Satellite Systems.
Scott's Grandfather & Foundation Guardian - US West
Ron’s professional career spanning Western Electric, AT&T and US West specialized in communications. Retired from US West in 1996 after 28 years.
2018 Year End
2018 Year End