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MaryAnn Scott Charitable Fund
By Jean Cohoon / December 31, 2013 /   Loading Disqus...
Throughout her 36-year career as a clinical social worker, MaryAnn Scott dedicated herself to helping other people. “It was all about the other person. I was totally focused on them and on helping them,” she explains of her practice that focused on counseling men, women, and couples.

MaryAnn retired last year, but her desire to help others continues. “My goals are undefined, but hopefully the Foundation will guide me to where my money and I can be a useful savior to those in need,” she states.

Born and raised in New Jersey, MaryAnn has been a Rhode Island resident for more than 50 years. In the 1960s, she and her late husband, David Ketner, built their own home in Wakefield, finishing it as their funds would allow. “I’ve never owed anyone a penny in my life,” MaryAnn states proudly.

With David working as a professor of art at the University of Rhode Island and with two young sons to raise, MaryAnn decided to take on another role, that of student, and she pursued her own education at URI. Although it took 13 years, MaryAnn earned a bachelor‘s degree in psychology, graduating Phi Beta Kappa with high distinctive honors. She went on to earn a master’s degree in clinical social work from Boston University and later gained board certification.

As a practitioner, MaryAnn advocated for her patients; she also has been active in community advocacy, serving as president of Rhode Islanders for Safe Power, the organization which, she explains, was responsible for stopping a nuclear power plant from coming to Rhode Island.

MaryAnn has traveled all over the world, with a particular interest in third world countries. “I like to go to places that are not like here, be with the people, and learn about the culture. That really makes me happy,” she says while sharing photographs she took in Africa.

Of her intentions for the fund, MaryAnn says, “Money helps to keep us safe – from the cold, hunger, and from people who might hurt us. It is my hope that the Foundation will guide me to where my money can do the most good for people who need help.”
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