“For when the one great scorer comes to mark against your name, he writes not that you won or lost, but how you played the game.”
- Grantland Rice
Scott Harwood ’65 first read these words written by famed sportswriter Grantland Rice when he was at summer camp in the mountains of Virginia. “I think I have subconsciously lived my life like that,” shared Harwood. “I always ask myself, ‘Did I give it my all?’ Because you can’t win at everything.”
Giving it his all at Hampden-Sydney is something Harwood is known for. He is a past member of the Board of Trustees, is currently a member of the James Madison Society (a group of former Trustees who continue to give their time), and has been inducted into the 1776 Legacy Society by including Hampden-Sydney is his estate plans.
“I have a charitable remainder trust (CRT) with Hampden-Sydney,” Harwood said. “Back in the 1990s, I sold my insurance business. With the proceeds, a CRT was a great way to support Hampden-Sydney and receive a lifetime income for my wife, Susan, and me.”
When you understand Harwood’s current dedication to Hampden-Sydney, it may be surprising that he didn’t always feel this level of loyalty to the school. “I had fun at Hampden-Sydney,” laughed Harwood, “Too much fun. I went to Hampden-Sydney because I wanted to join a fraternity (Theta Chi), make friends, and enjoy the social life. And, boy, did I ever!”
When he graduated a year later than planned, Harwood was “ready to leave Hampden-Sydney behind me for good.” He entered Officer Training School for the Air Force, and served four years, including a year in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. “I grew up while I was in the Air Force,” Harwood said. “I learned to be responsible for my own actions and not to blame others for my failures or shortcomings.” Harwood proudly attained the rank of Captain in three years and received the Air Force Commendation Medal during his service.
Harwood’s Commander gave him some invaluable advice after Southeast Asia. “He told me I was a maverick, which had served me well in my job there, but instead of pursuing a military career, I should take my talents into the business world. I’m glad I listened.”