Nursing major awarded Antonio Johnson Scholarship

Scholarship given to African-American junior for academics, service, leadership, involvement | June 20, 2005

Junior Shurrell Suttles, a nursing major from Cleveland Heights, Ohio, is the recipient of the 2005 Antonio Johnson Scholarship. The scholarship was announced at the 29th annual Antonio Johnson Scholarship Banquet, which was held April 1 at the Cintas Center.

The scholarship is given to an African-American junior who has demonstrated academic excellence, outstanding leadership, involvement and service. The scholarship is in the amount of one year’s tuition including book stipends as well as room and board.

Suttles is actively involved in the black student association, serving as a member of the community service and the Antonio Johnson Scholarship Gala planning committees, executive secretary and legislative vice president. She is also a resident assistant, certified peer tutor, student mentor and has worked with Healthy Moms and Babes. Previously, she was awarded the Antonio Johnson scholar and first-year student of the year awards and has been inducted into Xavier’s D’Artagnan chapter of Mortar Board and into the honor society of nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International.

“Shurrell has a strong commitment to service and as a nursing major,” says Paul James, director for the office of multicultural affairs. “She is passionate about teaching and promoting healthy lifestyles as a way of life—and for that I am grateful.”

After graduation, Suttles plans to pursue a career in the advanced practice field of midwifery in Cincinnati.

“The Xavier community has given me a great scholarship and an opportunity for service along with support and dedication,” Suttles says. “For those things and much more, I’m truly blessed for my experience.”

The Antonio Johnson Scholarship is given each year in recognition of the African-American student who pioneered social change and justice at Xavier. Johnson, who died at age 22 while a student at Xavier, organized and implemented activities for Black Awareness Month in February 1976. He died that year. He was majoring in urban studies and had served as president of the black student association.