Alumna meets royal couple

Meghan Wieten-Scott, in white pants, gets ready to meet the Duke of Cambridge during a project sponsored by Blue Star Families in Los Angeles.<br>photo by Ian Wagreich, courtesy of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Meghan Wieten-Scott, in white pants, gets ready to meet the Duke of Cambridge during a project sponsored by Blue Star Families in Los Angeles.
photo by Ian Wagreich, courtesy of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
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During their weekend in California, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met countless celebrities, dignitaries and at least one Grand Valley alumna.

Meghan Wieten-Scott, who graduated in 2006 with a bachelor's degree in public administration and a minor in women and gender studies, met the royal couple while she was working for Blue Star Families, a military organization that supports and empowers military families.

Wieten-Scott serves as a program manager and helped coordinate a care package project that William and Catherine participated in.

"I have to say, they were the most genuine, down to earth people I have met," Wieten-Scott said. "They were completely focused on what we were saying, and looked us in the eye as we spoke with them.

"I mentioned to Catherine that it was an honor to have her as a part of our military spouse community, and she told us she really hoped to implement some of these programs back home but she just hasn't had the time."

Wieten-Scott's husband, Andrew, is an Army captain. The couple is stationed in Anchorage, Alaska. As a military wife, Wieten-Scott said it was important for her to continue to work at nonprofit organizations. She began volunteering for Blue Star Families and then was hired permanently.