Jymon T. Scott
As a young black man, Jymon T. Scott, electrical engineering ’22, came to Tennessee Tech with a purpose. As he was inspired by his uncle to study engineering at Tech, he has also set out to be an inspiration and role model for students of color.
“I think showing that you can be more than just an athlete at a predominantly white institution will be a good opportunity to show [prospective students] that they can come to TN Tech and become somebody,” Scott said.
On Tech’s campus, Scott found the opportunity to advocate for minorities while serving as the finance chair for the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), working with the NAACP campus organization, and as a member of the Tech chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
He continues to be active on campus and within these organizations because he wants to make sure that minorities have support at Tech.
“If you are going to join organizations, especially the ones that I am in, I would suggest that you come with a purpose,” Scott said. “You come with a motivation for yourself and that you come with a good work ethic. Nothing is more important than your work ethic when you join an organization.”
While being with the campus chapter of National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) for only a couple of years, he has helped them in continuing to achieve their goal of “ensuring that students are excelling academically, succeeding professionally, and positively impacting the community” by partnering with the College of Engineering to do STEM outreaches at schools all over the state of Tennessee. He also helped the campus organization gain a 501(c)(3) status, which recognized them as a nonprofit.
Scott continues to be an advocate for minorities and wants to help increase minority representation not only on Tech’s campus but also in the STEM field.
Scott spent his childhood in a small community in Chattanooga, and even though he loves his hometown, he felt it was his time to branch out and continue to grow elsewhere. Tech provided the environment for him to do just that.
“As you go in those classrooms, they really care that you get the right education, especially in engineering, making sure that you know this stuff when you get out of school, not just going through the motions and going through the books,” Scott said. “They really care.
“It is the best place to go if you are really serious about your education. It’s very easy to make friends here. It is tough to be alone on campus. You’re going to find yourself making a friend. There are so many different kinds of people here as far as personalities. So, you’re going to find a match with you and you are going to find friends and you are going to find friends that are serious about their education as well because they came to Tennessee Tech. You can guarantee a good education if you are going to come to Tennessee Tech.”
Scott has career plans in circuit card repair or circuit card analyzations with a special interest in cost analysts.
As he works toward that goal, he looks back at his uncle’s success as a Tech graduate and forward to the opportunity to be that inspiration for others.