Joshua Tyler Named Suggs Scholar

Aug. 26, 2014

Joshua Tyler Named Suggs Scholar

ST. LOUIS (AUG. 26, 2014) - Incoming first-year-student Joshua Tyler was selected as the recipient of the Webster University Dr. Donald M. Suggs Scholarship, it was announced today. Tyler will receive up to $100,000 toward his Webster education during the next four years.

This is the second year that Webster University has awarded a Suggs Scholarship. 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. The scholarship will be formally presented on Sept. 12 at the 27th annual St. Louis American Foundation’s Salute to Excellence in Education Scholarship and Awards Gala.

“Joshua Tyler brings to Webster University leadership that inspires others, eagerness for what is next, intellectual curiosity coupled with imagination, and strength built from adversity,” said Webster University President Elizabeth “Beth” J. Stroble. “His enthusiasm for learning and his commitment to doing the right thing make him a worthy recipient of the Dr. Donald M. Suggs Scholarship."

“Webster University is extremely proud to award Joshua Tyler the coveted Dr. Donald M. Suggs Scholarship,” said Robert Parrent, chief enrollment officer at Webster University. “Joshua is incredibly bright, highly imaginative, compassionate, generous, well rounded, and enthusiastic. His strong work ethic, maturity, and charismatic leadership will insure his success in film production and campus engagement.”

Tyler is a St. Louis resident who attended Whitfield School. He will enter Webster as a film production major later this month. The scholarship will award him $12,500 per semester for eight semesters. The scholarship also can 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 undergraduate students who typically are underrepresented at institutions of higher education. To be considered for the award, applicants must have an ACT score of 27 or higher, which is equivalent to an SAT score of 1200 or higher. 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 University’s Suggs Scholarship was established last year, further expressing the institution’s commitment to enhancing diversity, inclusion, and success for all students. It was awarded to Olivia Perez, who is returning to Webster University as a sophomore this year.

Webster is recognized nationally for providing an environment in which diverse graduate students can be successful and earn degrees. The University awarded graduate degrees to the largest number of individuals of diverse backgrounds among all traditional, nonprofit U.S. higher education institutions, according to annual surveys published in “Diverse: Issues in Higher Education” (DIHE). The "Top 100 Degree Producers" survey, the latest published in August 2013, is the only national report of graduate degrees earned by African American, Hispanic, Asian American and American Indian students by U.S. colleges and universities.

Webster has consistently achieved top rankings since DIHEbegan publishing the survey in 1991, and ranks first among U.S. nonprofit, private institutions in graduating master's-level African-American and Total Minority Students for All Disciplines Combined, including first for total minorities in Human Resources Management. The University also was ranked among the top 25 universities in the Midwest by U.S. News and World Report this year for economic diversity among students.

With its home campus in St. Louis, Webster University ( is the only Tier 1, private, non-profit U.S.-based university providing a network of international residential campuses and a robust online learning program. Founded in 1915, Webster University’s campus network today includes metropolitan, military and corporate locations around the world, as well as traditional campuses in Asia, Europe, North America, and Africa. The university is committed to delivering high-quality learning experiences that transform students for global citizenship and individual excellence.