·Read the 2014 Henry Clay Distinguished Kentuckian Award winner MG. William K. Suter’s acceptance speech notes here. (.pdf)


The Henry Clay Scholarship



The Henry Clay Scholarship Dinner

July 24, 2014

Willard InterContinental Hotel 


2014 Henry Clay Distinguished Kentuckian Award & Scholarship Dinner




The Kentucky Society of Washington will recognize The Honorable William Kent Suter with the Henry Clay Distinguished Kentuckian Award at its Biennial Henry Clay Distinguished Kentuckian dinner on July 24, 2014, at the historic Willard Intercontinental Hotel in DC.


The Henry Clay Distinguished Kentuckian Award was created to recognize the accomplishments, both past and present, of a noted Kentuckian, whose pursuits in public service, arts and sciences, business, industry, academia, science, journalism, broadcasting, or philanthropy have received acclaim and brought honor to the Commonwealth of Kentucky. 


The Biennial Henry Clay Dinner also serves as a fundraiser for the Henry Clay Internship in Public Policy Scholarship program. Through the generous support of our sponsors, donors, and attendees, the Kentucky Society of Washington is able to provide this scholarship program to young Kentucky college and university students interested in pursuing a career in public service. 

For information on Sponsorship Packages and Advertising Opportunities, please visit: Henry Clay Distinguished Kentuckian Award Sponsorship Packages.

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About the recipient:

William Kent Suter, born August 24, 1937 and grew up in Millersburg, Kentucky. He most recently served as the 19th Clerk of the Supreme Court of the United States, a position he held for over twenty years. Prior to this, he was a Major General in the United States Army and served for over a year as the acting Judge Advocate General. Throughout his nearly thirty years of service he received the Distinguished Service Medal, the Bronze Star for his service in Vietnam, and the Meritorious Service Medal. 


In 1990, Chief Justice of the United States William Rehnquist selected General Suter to serve as Clerk of the Supreme Court. Suter started immediately after his retirement and has become a renowned speaker on the court, mentor to many lawyers, and has received many honors for his outreach efforts. Suter is an avid basketball player and could often be found playing ball on “the highest court of the land.”


In January 2013, Suter announced that he would retire on August 31, before the start of the Court's 2013 term. At Suter's retirement celebration on June 12, 2013, Chief Justice John Roberts praised Suter's "inspirational leadership" and "good will and friendship [that] have reached all corners of the building and beyond", noting that "[h]e regularly meets with school children, law students, and foreign dignitaries. He greets them all with equal ease and grace, demonstrating both his good humor and his humanity." Justice Roberts extolled Suter as having "managed the Court's docket with unparalleled organization and efficiency", "contributions to this Court [that] will not fade away."


About the Internship Scholarship program: 


Henry Clay Internship in Public Policy


Henry Clay, one of America’s most important statesmen and Kentuckians in American History, is the namesake of the Henry Clay Internship in Public Policy Scholarship Program, awarded annually to rising juniors and seniors from Kentucky colleges and universities who have a serious interest in pursuing a career in public service. Recipients receive a generous stipend for living expense in our Nation’s Capital while they serve internships in the public sector. Proceeds from the Biennial Henry Clay Distinguished Kentuckian Dinner support the scholarship program.

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