Kappa Alpha Psi Gives Diggs Award to Esteemed Alum
At the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity’s 83rd Grand Chapter Meeting, recently held in Orlando, with over 10,000 members and friends in attendance, Dr. Edward R. Scott, II DMD of the Tallahassee Alumni Chapter received the 2017 Elder Watson Diggs Award.
The Award is one of the most coveted individual awards in the fraternity. It was established in 1953 and is presented at the bi-annual Grand Chapter Meeting to outstanding members of the Fraternity from across the Nation who demonstrate meritorious achievement in their local communities and nationally.
The award is named after the Fraternity’s revered founder and Laurel Wreath wearer, Elder Watson Diggs.
Dr. Scott has been a part of the Tallahassee Community for over 30 years and has been deeply committed to the promotion of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity and its service programs. He is a distinguished graduate of Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, where he received a degree in the field of biology. He then went on to receive his Doctor of Dental Medicine Degree from Harvard University’s College of Dentistry.
He served four years in the Navy before coming back to Tallahassee and becoming a successful entrepreneur and small business person as the owner of Faith Dental Center. He is the pastor of Mt. Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church in Lloyd, Florida where he leads a vibrant ministry and a dedicated congregation. He has been a consistent public servant, supporting FAMU and other organizations both financially and through exceptional leadership.
As the Fraternity’s Health and Wellness Chairman, he coordinated health fairs all across the nation; providing thousands of free health screenings. Many health issues have been identified before it was too late for them to be treated due to Dr. Scott. Lives have been literally saved with the assistance and commitment of Dr. Scott. He has served the fraternity in various leadership roles.
After recognizing that the FAMU Rattler Football team did not have a doctor, he volunteered as the Team’s dentist and has remained for over 30 years. He believes in giving back to the community. Over 30 dental students have shadowed him in his office and gone on to become successful dentists. In addition to serving in Fraternity leadership positions, he has served as President of the FAMU Boosters and other local organizations.
He has been featured in the 5th Edition of the Story of Kappa and has been recognized as Man of the Year by the Tallahassee Alumni Chapter. He is a member of the FAMU Gallery of Distinction of Arts and Sciences; recipient of the FAMU Millennium Award and the Distinguished Alumni Award.