Scottie Hudson was born and raised in Alamance County, North Carolina. Hudson attended the Woman’s College of North Carolina and graduated in 1965 with a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education.
In 1966, Hudson was commissioned into the United States Navy and attended Officer Candidate School at Naval Station Newport, Rhode Island. Hudson was first stationed as a communications officer at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia. While at Norfolk, Hudson also served as a registered publications custodian.
In 1969, Hudson was transferred to the administrative command of Naval Station San Diego, California, where she served as a student personnel officer. Hudson then transferred to reserve status and re-enrolled at the University of North Carolina Greensboro, from which she earned a master’s degree in physical education in 1973. In 1981 she received a PhD in measurement in physical education from the University of Iowa.
Hudson stayed in the naval reserve for twenty years. She was attached to reserve centers in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Rock Island, Illinois, before transferring to pacific fleet command in Oahu, Hawaii. Hudson held several civilian collegiate teaching and coaching positions while on reserve status.
In 1987, Hudson returned to temporary active duty to serve in a number of month-long posts in New Orleans and Washington, D.C. Hudson retired from the navy as a commander in 1993.
Hudson taught for a number of years at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, North Carolina, after discharge.