The Sister Henry Suso Scholarship — Aquinas College - Nashville, Tennessee

The Sister Henry Suso Scholarship

Sister Henry Suso Fletcher, O.P. became the president of the College in 1967 and served in this position for the next ten years.  She was a native of Chattanooga and was educated by the Dominican sisters at Notre Dame High School. She entered the Dominican Sisters of Saint Cecilia in 1937 and professed vows in 1939. During her time leading the college she was determined to make Aquinas known in the Nashville community. To that end, she initiated enrichment programs to more actively engage with the mid-state community. She also was the force behind the professional degree programs in criminal justice and allied health that added at Aquinas during that period. The growth that characterized her administration of the College also extended to the physical campus with tennis courts, a baseball field, and a gymnasium (known as the Aquinas Center) all being built while she was president.

Sister Henry Suso had a great devotion to Saint Jude the Apostle, the patron saint of difficult cases. One former Aquinas co-worker fondly remembers Sister’s frequent refrain of “Don’t forget about Saint Jude!” She even initially proposed having the Aquinas Center named the ‘Thaddeus Center.’ [It seems fitting, then, that one of her assignments as a Dominican sister was to serve for four years as the principal of St. Jude School in Chattanooga.]

In an interview with the student newspaper, Sister Henry Suso explained that her goal was to provide for the individual needs of the students and to provide opportunities for them during their time at Aquinas. The Sister Henry Suso Scholarship continues her efforts by providing financial assistance for students currently studying at Aquinas College.

Aquinas College welcomes all students regardless of race, color, ethnicity, or national origin who desire to be part of the faith-based mission of the College to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the College. It does not discriminate based on race, color, ethnicity, or national origin in administration of its education policies, admission policies, scholarships and loan programs.

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