Fulfilling a Promise: Ami Scott

May 17, 2013

Ami Scott wanted to be a corporate attorney since she was 10 years old. She applied to Ohio State and two private schools on the East Coast. With her family in Ohio and her grandfather in declining health, Ami knew Ohio State was the right choice. She was accepted into the unique “3/2” program at the Fisher College of Business, which allowed her to forego her senior year of college and enter the MBA program. A full academic scholarship made the decision even easier. After graduating in 1994, Ami earned a JD at the University of Michigan in 1997 and is now a partner at Schiff Hardin LLP, dividing her time between the firm’s Chicago and DC offices.

Did a friend, mentor, or professor influence your career path?
While there are too many to name them all, I must share credit with several. My freshman year roommates get recognition, as does David Harrison, director of minority student services at Fisher, who encouraged me to apply to Ohio State as a high school senior and remained a close friend. Shannon Gonzalez-Miller worked in the financial aid office and was incredibly helpful to me and many other students. In addition, there was Mari Nelson, my first-year advisor, and Mabel Freeman, who oversaw the Honors program, as well as many of my amazing Fisher professors and deans. Other top-notch administrators and key educators also helped me along the way.

What special memories come to mind when you think of Ohio State?
The Mortar Board induction ceremony was a very special experience and one that still gives me goose bumps when I think about it. I also have great memories of playing piano in the practice rooms at Hughes Hall when I needed to unwind, or of hanging out with friends between classes at the old Ohio Union and on the Oval.

How did you develop your view of philanthropy?
Giving was just one of many values instilled by my family. I grew up watching my grandparents, parents, and other family members share with their churches, neighbors, and friends even when they could not really afford to do so. When I graduated from Ohio State, I vowed to start repaying the university as soon as I could. I knew that I would never be able to give back all that I received.

Who will benefit from the Scott Family Fund?
The goal of the Scott Family Fund is to support scholarships or programming that ensures high-achieving students with a demonstrated commitment to service have opportunities to thrive and graduate from Ohio State.

You have been a President’s Club donor for 11 years, an amazing commitment for a 1994 graduate.
It means that I am fulfilling the promise that I made to myself in 1994. The benefits that I receive as a President’s Club member further strengthen my relationship with Ohio State. I look forward to receiving each issue of Ohio State Impact so that I can read about new university initiatives and the amazing efforts of other supporters. I also enjoy receiving invitations for events in Columbus, Chicago, and Washington. I have also served as a member of the President’s Club Advisory Board.

Did Ohio State play a role in your success professionally and/or personally?
I arrived at Ohio State as a quiet 17 year old, so it’s safe to say that campus is where I grew up and learned about the world. There were so many interesting classes to take, fun organizations to join, and phenomenal students to meet. With Ohio State a world-class university, I received a rigorous and challenging curriculum. I remember studying at 5 a.m. for my honors engineering calculus course that I thought would be “fun” to take. In my job at Schiff Hardin LLP, I use the skills and knowledge I gained at Fisher to help my clients close complex financing transactions.

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