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Scott Boelscher


Scott Boelscher is a senior-level associate with HCM’s higher education policy team, providing clients with high-level strategic advice in the areas of budgeting, state policy and finance. He works with several of HCM’s clients, including Lumina Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Prior to joining HCM, Scott served as a senior associate of budget and finance for the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, advising the Commission on matters of strategic planning, budget development, policy setting, legislative affairs and communications. Scott produced analyses of fiscal policy issues, including outcomes-based funding, tuition, financial aid, enrollment trends, and state support, as well as managing Kentucky’s “Bucks for Brains” endowment match program. Scott also served as a liaison to the legislature, managing legislative requests and briefing legislators on various postsecondary policy issues.

Scott previously served as director of fiscal analysis and facilities planning with the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, where he co-designed the Tennessee Higher Education Outcomes-Based Funding Formula, provided all related management and advised multiple states on the development and implementation of outcomes-based funding models.

Scott earned his bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Kentucky. He received his master’s degree in Public Policy from Vanderbilt University.

Scott lives in Lexington, Kentucky with his wife and three children. He enjoys hiking and rock climbing in Kentucky’s Red River Gorge and singing Dolly Parton songs with his daughter.


During my time teaching middle school in St Louis, I directly saw the transformative impact education could have on individuals’ lives. I now work to ensure policies are in place that allow more people to access and succeed in high quality education, no matter their personal background.