Scott Kiernan finished his coursework in December 2013 and headed to Washington DC to serve as an Resource Development intern for the global development organization Save the Children. At the Save the Children’s 2014 Advocacy Summit, he led a team of advocates and students who called on Capitol Hill to invest more in America’s children from the start. Afterwards, he had a choice between several job offers, including one with “Save,” as he calls it, and continuing work on the award-winning business plan he created with fellow students to build a solar-powered cooler that could extend the cold-chain for vaccine delivery in the developing world.
“When I first came to SNC, I was terrified of sticking my neck out there. I didn’t know where I was going with my life.” he remembers. He rattles off the names of professors who took a personal interest in him.
“They have that unique way of pushing their students to have that determination, they made me want to strive, to go from being this little kid that came to SNC with no direction or idea of what he wants to do to, ‘becoming great,’ as President Gillette says.”
Scott was inspired to pursue development work after a 2012 Development Economics Class he took with President Lynn Gillette. That one class led to more classes on international affairs and global leadership with faculty member Mary Llewellen, a distinguished Foreign Service Officer, and then to pivotal experiences in South Africa and with the MiddCORE Immersion Program at SNC experience in 2013, where he was introduced to the former CEO and Director of Save the Children. Everything seemed to fall into line for Kiernan, who says the experiences “strengthened my determination to work for Save the Children.”
Solar Power Innovations team members Jacob Bricklin, Scott Kiernan,Tyler Prange, Alden Spence, and Mitch Wiseman and friends at the 2014 Governor’s Cup Business Plan Competition