'A Winner Never Quits,' Says Army Ranger NGU Alumnus
“A winner never quits, and a quitter never wins” is a phrase that North Greenville University alumnus and First lieutenant Timothy Paul Scott (’14) heard his father repeat many times when he was growing up. No other phrase is more fitting to describe Scott’s most recent accomplishment.
After failing to meet a graduation requirement, Scott was denied entrance into the U.S. Army Ranger School. His persistence to not accept failure and the ability to try again caused him to do just that; as a result, he not only passed the entrance requirements, but also went on to emerge as the Officer Honor Graduate of his class.
“One of the most important words in my vocabulary is ‘persist,’” says Scott. “I whisper it to myself often.”
Throughout his life, Scott has worked hard to be the best at everything he does. This is evident in his athletic history, grades in school, and now his military career.
“I do not accept failure as a satisfactory outcome from any situation if I still have the ability to try again,” he says.
Instead, he forces himself to be persistent until he achieves his goal.
Scott says when the apostle Paul became Jesus’ witness to the Gentiles, he displayed undeniable persistence. For preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ, Paul was once stoned, dragged out of the city of Lystra, and left for dead because his wounds were so bad his persecutors presumed his death was imminent or that he had already died.
The event the Bible explains next is almost unfathomable.
Acts 19:20 (ESV) reads, “When the disciples gathered about [Paul], he rose up and entered the city, and on the next day he went on with Barnabas to Derbe. When they had preached the gospel to that city and had made many disciples, they returned to Lystra.”
Scott says Paul’s return to Lystra casts a shadow over his return to Ranger School in an incredible fashion.
“Paul is my namesake, and I take that very seriously. With whatever task I am ever faced, I aspire to persist unto success with the same passion and integrity that the Apostle Paul displayed in those days, preaching the gospel,” says Scott.
Scott returned to Ranger School with full confidence in the Lord to lead him in the direction of His choosing.
Scott says that his desire to be a Ranger was inspired by the leaders that meant so much to him.
“Throughout my short time in the military, the individuals who truly stuck out to me as driven leaders wore Ranger tabs on their left shoulder. LTC Gilleran, my professor of military science during my time in ROTC, wore one. I knew I wanted to be a Ranger since the day I met him. Others along the way simply reinforced my desire to be part of such an elite group,” says Scott.
Scott’s military career began in the ROTC at NGU, where he participated for three years while earning his bachelor’s degree in Christian studies. NGU’s ROTC program partners with Furman. He never really made a specific decision from which he set out to join ROTC; rather, he met a cadet recruiter in the school’s dining hall and decided to fully enroll in the program after attending a few ROTC classes.
Scott says that Colonel Tom Gilleran, then a lieutenant colonel; the entire team; and also his classmates at Furman had a huge impact on in his development as a leader.
When asked if he would recommend others to look into the ROTC program, he responds:
“I would recommend it to people who want to be leaders and to be a part of a team bigger than themselves. ROTC is a unique opportunity to join the ranks of the greatest army the world has ever beheld,” Scott says. “I would not, however, recommend it to any student who I did not think possessed the capability to lead soldiers.”
Scott graduated as a Distinguished Military Graduate and the Paladin Battalion Commander; he’s the first NGU representative to serve as Furman’s Cadet Battalion Commander.
He was named Special Teams Player of the Week while he was a freshman member of the football team, and he also earned several gold medals for pole vaulting in the Conference Carolina’s championships during his sophomore, junior, and senior years.
Scott is currently stationed in Vicenza, Italy, where he serves as a paratrooper in the 173rd Airborne Brigade. He plans to serve at least one more tour with the U.S. Army.
For more information about NGU’s ROTC program, visit goarmy.com.
Photo: First lieutenant Timothy Paul Scott ('14) at his U.S. Army Ranger School graduation.
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