A native of Birmingham, Alabama, Scott received his Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Vanderbilt University in May of 1971, and his Juris Doctor degree from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in May of 1974.
After serving four years in the United States Marine Corps, Scott earned a Master of Laws degree in Taxation from the National Law Center at George Washington University. He was then engaged in the private practice of law with the Nashville Firm of Cornelius, Collins, Higgins and White for four years before becoming Vice-President and General Counsel for Eller and Olsen Stone Company.
For sixteen years, Scott served as a member and Chairman of the Municipal Planning Commission for the City of Oak Hill, Tennessee, and also served as a Commissioner for the City. He has been a Board member and Vice-Chair of the Mental Health Association of Nashville, as well as the Tennessee Easter Seals Society.
Scott served as a Board member and Vice-President of the Spina Bifida Association of America, and as Board Chair for the Spina Bifida Foundation in Washington, D.C. He also served as a member and Vice-Chair of the Lipscomb University Board of Trust in Nashville.
In 2007, Scott was honored by the American Diabetes Association with its Father of the Year Award.
Author of two books, Scott has also enjoyed participating in Humanitarian Missions to Tegucigalpa, Honduras; Cap-Haitien, Haiti and Kiev, Ukraine. He has served as a Bible class Teacher, Deacon, and Elder at the Hillsboro Church of Christ.
During his senior year at Vanderbilt, Scott married his classmate, the former Ann Hutcheson of Nashville, who now serves as Dean of Alumni Affairs for the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Scott and Ann have a son, a daughter, and four grandchildren.