April 21, 2005
MUW to honor Eloise Scott with Woman of the Year Award
By Jill D. O’Bryant
COLUMBUS, Miss. -- Mississippi University for Women will
award its 2005 Woman of the Year Award to Eloise Scott
of Tupelo, a 1953 alumna and former member of the
Mississippi House of Representatives.
The award will be presented to Scott at the annual
Women’s Leadership Forum on Monday, April 25 at 5 p.m.
in the Nissan Auditorium of Parkinson Hall. Last year’s
recipient, Ricki Garrett, a 1973 alumna and a former
member of the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of
Higher Learning, will be the keynote speaker.
"Honoring Eloise Scott allows MUW the opportunity to
recognize women who--through their work and
service--have advanced the status of women in
Mississippi and have aided MUW,” said Dr. Claudia A.
In addition to this award, Scott received MUW’s Medal of
Excellence in 2003 and an Alumni Achievement Award in
A legislator from 1988 to 2003, Scott earned a
bachelor’s degree in homemaking education from MUW and a
master’s degree from the University of Mississippi in
During her legislative career, she took special interest
in issues affecting youth, families and the
underprivileged, and she was a leader in efforts to
improve education. Prior to her legislative career, she
had a 30-year career in home economics education.
Dr. Limbert established the award to recognize women
who, through their work in business, private life or
public service, serve as role models for current and
future generations of MUW students.
Recipients are selected based on their personal record
of achievement and their commitment to the life-changing
benefits provided by a higher education.
MUW Woman of the Year recipients will be permanently
honored with an engraved marker in the Puckett Plaza on
the MUW campus.
The Women’s Leadership Forum, a part of the Southern
Women’s Institute, is free and open to the public.