Maybe it’s typical of artists to want to give something back to the people who support and enjoy what they create. In the case of author James Patterson, this couldn’t be more true.
For the third consecutive year in a row, students at Manhattan College will receive James Patterson Scholarships. The best-selling author will award $110,000 in academic scholarships to ten juniors and ten seniors enrolled in Arts, Businness, Education and Health, Engineering, and Science programs at Manhattan College .
When Patterson began the scholarship program, he aimed to recognize and reward academic achievement, leadership potential and involvement in activities related to Manhattan College’s mission. During the 2013-14 academic year, Patterson intended to give 18 scholarships but increased the total, giving to 20 students instead. The scholarships were awarded based on both merit and need.
Each of the 20 students awarded a James Patterson scholarship in the 2014-15 academis year will receive $5,000, and seniors can apply to win one of four $2,500 awards based on essay submissions that describe both their accomplishments from junior year and their visions and plans for life after graduation. Recipients of the James Pattern Scholarship are considered by Brennan O’Donnell, president of Manhattan College, to be among the institution’s brightest rising stars.
James Patterson is famous for his best-selling Alex Cross, Women’s Murder Club, and Michael Bennett series, and he holds the Guinness record for the most consecutive No. 1 novels on The New York Times Best Sellers List. Manhattan College is only one of the 22 different colleges and universities to which the Patterson Family Foundation awards scholarships. The list also includes Vanderbuilt University and University of Wisconsin.
In addition to giving out college scholarships, the Patterson Family Foundation also funds James Patterson Teacher Education Scholarships. These go to undergraduate and graduate students committed to entering the teaching profession. Patterson also recently pledged $1 million to various bookstores across the United States to enable them to spend money on improvements, provide employees with bonuses and expand programs that promote literacy in their communities. For more information about James Patterson Scholarships, visit www.jamespatterson.com.
Manhattan College was founded in 1853 and is located in the Riverdale section of the Bronx. The college is an independent, Lasallian Catholic, coeducational institution. It offers more than 40 undergraduate programs in the arts, business, education and health, and engineering and science. Manhattan College also offers semster abroad programs, and students attending on scholarship may find that they can apply a portion of their scholarship funds to those programs. For more information about Manhatten College, visit: www.manhattan.edu.