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2022 Recipient

CDR Brandon Scott (BCS Class of ’92)

     Commander Scott attended Briarcrest twelve years, from 1980 to 1992. He was a member of the football team throughout high school, and wrestled as a junior.

He was involved in a variety of high school clubs, including FCA, the Bible Club, and the Government Club. He was also a member of the Youth Legislature and the National Honor Society.

     Following graduation from Briarcrest, Commander Scott attended Mississippi State University and earned a Chemical Engineering degree. He joined the Navy after graduating from college in 1997, and was winged as a Naval Aviator in 2000.Throughout his Naval career, Commander Scott participated in six combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.

     He held command of two fighter squadrons, the Bulls and the Gladiators, and was recognized with numerous awards, including: the Bronze Star with Combat Distinguishing Device, Two Meritorious Service Medals, A Defense Meritorious Service Medal, An Air Medal for Individual Action with Combat Distinguishing Device, Seven Strike Flight Air Medals, and Two Navy Commendation Medals, one with Combat Distinguishing Device. 

        In 2006, he was selected as the Fighter Squadron 122 Instructor Pilot of the Year.  Throughout his career, Commander Scott has accumulated more than 3,200 flight hours and 500 carrier arrested landings.  

     He also earned an Executive Masters in Business Administration in 2012 from the Naval Postgraduate School.Commander Scott retired from the Navy as a Commander in February of 2020, and is now a First Officer Pilot with FedEx.

The Briarcrest Christian School Paul Piper Distinguished Alumni Award was established in 2004.
The Briarcrest Christian School Paul Piper Distinguished Alumni Award is presented annually to a Briarcrest Christian School alumnus or alumna who graduated thirty or more years ago and who has shown outstanding achievement in their professional career. The award is named in honor and in memory of Mr. Paul Piper, a highly successful Christian entrepreneur whose foundations have provided financial support to many causes.

To read more about the life of Paul Piper, visit Historical Newspapers.

If you would like to nominate an alumni, please complete and submit the online nomination form.

Candidates for the Briarcrest Paul Piper Award must be recognized for their influential leadership and support of educational, civic, religious, and charitable causes in the community. Their personal and professional character and conduct must also mirror the mission of Briarcrest Christian School.

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