Scott Shirley was an outstanding student athlete while at East Pennsboro Area High School, earning the John Travers Award and Eagle Scout honors before graduating in 1999. An outstanding high school baseball, basketball and football player, Scott chose to walk-on as a member of the Penn State Nittany Lions Football team. As a college junior, he was given the Frank Patrick Memorial Award which recognizes the squad member who consistently follows through with their responsibilities in all facets of the Penn State football program. While excelling in the Engineering program and playing football, Scott also managed to find time to play for the Penn State Baseball Club where he was the team leader in batting average and home runs and helping the team to a third place finish in the National Club Baseball Association World Series.
While at Penn State, Scott was a teaching assistant in construction material science and served as an engineering intern assisting with the construction of the Smeal School of Business and the Beaver Stadium Expansion and Renovation project. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering and a Master of Engineering in Construction Engineering, finishing in 2004 with a 3.82 cumulative average and earning the title of Top Construction Engineering student.
Scott was hired by Clark Residential, LLC in Bethesda, Maryland and was elected as a member of the prestigious Innovation Steering Committee. His assignments included the $10 million Women in Military Services for America Memorial Project.
As many people may know, Scott’s beloved father, Don, was diagnosed with kidney cancer while Scott was at Penn State. Don was a teacher and coach at Mechanicsburg High School and touched many lives in our community before succumbing to the disease in 2003. Scott educated himself about kidney cancer and learned that it is considered a rare, underfunded disease for which there are few treatment options. Determined to bring attention to this dreaded disease, Scott collaborated with his Penn State teammates to start “Lift for Life,” a fundraiser utilizing the football team’s summer strength training competition to raise money for underfunded diseases. This has become a new Penn State tradition and the fundraiser expanding into the “Uplifting Athletes” organization. The organization focuses on teaching student-athletes social responsibility, leveraging the power and appeal of sports to make a community impact, and providing student-athletes with opportunities for professional development. Scott made a difficult decision to leave his job at Clark to become Chairman of the Board for Uplifting Athletes and dedicate his life full-time to expanding the organization’s national charter and recruiting NCAA Colleges to join the campaign. Scott continues to travel the nation to further this important work in memory of his father. Scott’s mother Shirley, has been an inspiration and his brother and sister also work tirelessly for the organization.