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Remembering student Simone Scott

Double major in broadcast journalism and political science/pre-law, she built strong bonds during her first year at Northwestern

The following message was sent today from Mona Dugo, interim dean of students, and Julie Payne-Kirchmeier, vice president for Student Affairs, to the Northwestern community regarding the death of student Simone Scott.

Dear Northwestern community, 

We are writing to share the incredibly sad news that first year student Simone Scott passed away Friday morning following a brief illness.

Simone, a Medill student, developed a heart issue in May, and received a heart transplant a short time later. She passed away Friday from complications of pneumonia with her parents at her side.

Simone Scott
Simone Scott

Simone’s parents shared that Northwestern was her top and only choice for college. During the application and admissions process, her parents encouraged her to look at other schools, but Simone insisted that “Northwestern fit her.” A double major in broadcast journalism and political science/pre-law, Simone was a reporter and co-anchor for Northwestern News Network, where she built strong bonds during her first year at the University.

Simone’s death is a devastating loss to her family, her friends and to many on campus whose lives she touched. Bright, talented and ambitious, she made a deep impact during her time in Evanston. We mourn her loss and grieve with and for those who knew and loved her. 

At a time when we are experiencing so much celebration on our campus, a loss like this can feel heavy and overwhelming. Losing a member of our community affects us all and can do so in different ways. In times of loss, our friends and colleagues can be helpful in lending an ear or giving their time, particularly when we let them know it is needed.

For students who need support, we urge you to reach out to Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at 847-491-2151, or the Dean of Students Office at 847-491-8430. Students, faculty and staff can also connect with the Chaplain’s staff at 847-491-7256, and staff have access to benefits through the Employee Assistance Program.

Today from 5 - 5:45 p.m., CAPS will hold safe and confidential processing and grief space on Zoom.

As we observe Commencement and convocations this weekend, please also take time to help any fellow Wildcats who may need additional support.