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Scott Giles '82, of Shelburne, VT, has been appointed to a three-year term on the U.S. Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance. Giles is vice president for policy, research and planning at the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC).

The 11-member committee serves as independent counsel to the U.S. Congress and Secretary of Education on financial aid policy. Prior to joining VSAC, Giles served as deputy chief of staff for the Committee on Science in the U.S. House of Representatives. From 1997 to 2001, he staffed the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions in the U.S. Senate. He also has a background in public affairs and as a legislative assistant.

VSAC is a public nonprofit corporation established in 1965 to help Vermonters plan and pay for education or training beyond high school. VSAC administers the state’s 529 college savings program, Vermont education grants, nearly 150 public and private scholarships and federal and private education loans.

Giles earned his St. Lawrence degree in religious studies and earned a master's degree from the University of Virginia. At St. Lawrence, he was active in the student government organization the Thelomathesian Society, and was a member of the Singing Saints and the Intervarsity Christian Fellowship organization. Giles was also a President's Scholar.

Posted: April 2, 2008

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