Webster University Awards Scholarships to Two Students for Academic Success

Oct. 12, 2015

Webster University Awards Scholarships to Two Students for Academic Success
Dr. Stroble, Tyron Showers, Kristopher Robertson and Dr. Suggs

ST. LOUIS – Two students are the 2015 recipients of the Webster University Dr. Donald M. Suggs Scholarship. Both Kristopher Robertson and Tyron Showers will each receive $75,000 toward their Webster education throughout the next four years.

Robertson is a St. Louis resident who graduated from Hazelwood East High School. She is majoring in sound design within Webster University’s Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts. Showers also grew up in St. Louis and attended North County Tech High School. He is majoring in game design within the Webster University School of Communications.

“Webster is delighted to partner with the St. Louis American Foundation in recognizing two of the St. Louis region’s most talented and gifted students,” said Elizabeth (Beth) J. Stroble, president of Webster University. “The recipients of the Webster Dr. Donald M. Suggs Scholarship exemplify Webster’s commitment to diversity and inclusion that creates opportunity for students to succeed.”

This scholarship was established in 2013. Suggs is a St. Louis area oral surgeon, publisher of the St. Louis American newspaper, patron of the arts, distinguished community leader and former member of Webster University’s Board of Trustees.

“Webster University is pleased to be able to award this scholarship to both Kristopher and Tyron,” said Robert Parrent, vice president of enrollment management at Webster University. “Both students excelled in high school with a strong academic record and a number of extracurricular involvements. We are confident they will leave their mark on the University and in their communities.”

The scholarship will award each student $9,375 per semester for eight semesters. Besides covering a portion of tuition, the scholarship may also be applied toward studying abroad at one of Webster University’s international campuses for up to two semesters during the next four years.

The Suggs Scholarship is designed to increase the recruitment and retention of high potential minority undergraduate students with a financial need. Students who receive the scholarship must take at least 13 credit hours each semester, successfully complete 26 units per year, and maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above.

Webster is recognized nationally for providing an environment in which diverse students can be successful and earn degrees. Webster has consistently achieved top rankings in the Diverse Issues in Higher Education’s “Top 100 Degree Producers” survey since it was first published in 1991. U.S. News & World Report also has recognized Webster University for having one of the most “economically diverse” student populations in the United States.

With its home campus in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, Webster University (www.webster.edu) comprises an action-oriented global network of faculty, staff, students and alumni who forge powerful bonds with each other and with their communities around the globe. Founded in 1915, Webster is a private non-profit university with almost 20,000 students studying at campus locations in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa and in a robust learning environment online. The university is committed to delivering high-quality learning experiences that transform students for global citizenship and individual excellence.

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