Two Students Named 2016 Suggs Scholars

Sep. 19, 2016

Two Students Named 2016 Suggs Scholars
Bradley Chase White and Leilani Keiko Gooch have been named the 2016 Suggs Scholars at Webster University.

ST. LOUIS - Two students are the 2016 recipients of the Webster University Dr. Donald M. Suggs Scholarship. Leilani Keiko Gooch and Bradley Chase White will each receive $75,000 toward their Webster education throughout the next four years.

Gooch is an O’Fallon, Illinois resident who graduated from Crossroads Preparatory Academy. She is entering Webster as an undecided major. White grew up in St. Louis and attended Hazelwood Central High School. He is majoring in games and game design in the Webster University School of Communications and may pursue a dual major in computer science in the George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology.

“Webster’s core values of diversity and inclusion compel us to support the success of all students,” said President Elizabeth (Beth) J. Stroble. “We are proud to partner with the St. Louis American Foundation to meet an unmet need and to welcome to the Webster community these talented and ambitious Suggs Scholars. Our region is stronger as a result of investing in our youth, and we look forward to their accomplishments and contributions.”

Webster’s Suggs scholarship was established in 2013, honoring Dr. Suggs as 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.  In the past four years, six Suggs scholars have been named, all of whom are currently enrolled at Webster on a successful path to their bachelor’s degrees.

“There were many great candidates for this prestigious award, but Leilani and Bradley excelled in high school with strong academics and a number of extracurricular activities,” said Robert Parrent, vice president for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs at Webster University. “We welcome them to Webster and 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 providing 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 ( 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 more than 17,000 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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