Scott is native of Columbus, MS and a graduate of Columbus High school. He received a Bachelor of Arts in English and History from Millsaps College, where he was president of the Omicron Gamma Chapter of the Alpha Phi Alpha, Inc. fraternity for two years, was a three year player on the basketball team, and a semi-finalist for the annual Laney award for the best essay describing the experience of a liberal arts education.
After college, Scott was selected to teach in Guyana, South America by World Teach, a non-profit, non-governmental organization based at the Center for International Development at Harvard University. WorldTeach provides opportunities for individuals to teach in developing countries. While participating in the program, Scott taught English in a small rural town in Guyana.
Scott is also a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School, where he graduated cum laude. While in law school, Scott interned with the chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Arusha, Tanzania, and was one of twenty-five students nationwide awarded a summer honors internship with the United States Department of Justice. He was also a member of the school’s Mock Trial and Moot Court team.
After law school, Scott was one of 28 young legal professionals nationwide to be awarded a prestigious Skadden Fellowship to work with the Mississippi Center for Justice. During the fellowship, Scott worked with a group of non-profits and organizations to combat the growth of predatory lending in MS and to help develop affordable, asset building alternatives.
In 2011, Scott Colom was appointed the youngest and first African American justice court judge in Lowndes County history. In 2012, he was appointed municipal court judge in Aberdeen, MS and in 2013 was appointed the first African American prosecutor for the city of Columbus.
In 2015, he was elected District Attorney for Circuit Court District Sixteen, which includes Lowndes, Oktibbeha, Clay and Noxubee counties.
He is the first African American District Attorney for the 16th Circuit and the first African American elected DA to a majority white district.
Scott is married to Nadia Colom of West Point, MS and they have two daughters: Luci Colom and Brooklyn Madison Colom.