Susanne Loren Schmied Stiles was a 1989 graduate of Pellissippi State Community College. She was extremely happy with both the education and attention to student needs during her tenure at Pellissippi. When Suzanne suddenly passed away in 2008 her family began looking for a way to memorialize her. An endowment at Pellissippi to support students in situations similar to hers while enrolled clearly emerged as the most appropriate measure.
There are, of course, many causes and organizations which I could have graced with the gift that endowed this scholarship. Why Pellissippi? Simply because, of all the factors that influenced Susanne’s professional life, Pellissippi had the greatest impact. Not only did she receive the education that enabled a career, but through leadership opportunities she gained the self-confidence and organizational skills to really take charge of her life. Pellissippi gave something valuable and lasting to her; now she is giving something valuable and lasting back to Pellissippi.
Larry Stiles, on behalf of Susanne Stiles.
The recipient of this scholarship will be a student that is taking at least six semester hours with a preference given to non-traditional students who did not enter Pellissippi State directly from high school. The recipient will maintain a 2.25 GPA or higher, have demonstrated financial need and will maintain reasonable and demonstrated progress toward completion of a degree within a reasonable time.
Since 2017, $1,500 has been awarded to 3 students.