James Patterson Teacher Education Scholarship

About the Scholarship

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Meet James Patterson  

James Patterson is the world’s bestselling author and most trusted storyteller. He has created many enduring fictional characters and series, including Alex Cross, the Women’s Murder Club, Michael Bennett, Maximum Ride, Middle School, and I Funny. Among his notable literary collaborations are The President Is Missing, with President Bill Clinton, and the Max Einstein series, produced in partnership with the Albert Einstein Estate. Patterson’s writing career is characterized by a single mission: to prove that there is no such thing as a person who “doesn’t like to read,” only people who haven’t found the right book. He’s given over three million books to schoolkids and the military, donated more than seventy million dollars to support education, and endowed over five thousand college scholarships for teachers. The National Book Foundation recently presented Patterson with the Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community, and he is also the recipient of an Edgar Award and six Emmy Awards. He lives in Florida with his family. Patterson first funded scholarships in the university's Reich College of Education in June 2012. The Patterson Family Foundation funds James Patterson Teacher Education Scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students that are studying education and are committed to teaching careers.  The scholarship covers tuition and related expenses. Recipients are selected based on their potential to become leaders in education.  For the Patterson Scholars, it has turned a dream of going to college into a reality. We are honored to have the Patterson Scholars as a part of our Appalachian Community of Education Scholars (ACES). Patterson Scholars were featured in the Appalachian Magazine in 2013! Learn more 

Current Scholars

Leo Fowell
Elementary Education
Charlotte, NC
Jasmine Garcia
Jasmine Garcia
Spanish Education
Roaring River, NC
Jean Carlos Garcia Reyes
Jean Carlos Garcia Reyes
Elementary Education
Winston-Salem, NC
Nicole Hernandez
Nicole Hernandez
History, Secondary Education
Mount Airy, NC
Diego Hernandez Guillen
Diego Hernandez Guillen
Spanish Education
Mount Airy, NC
Hunter Koch
Art Education
Chapel Hill, NC
Candace Myers
Candace Myers
English Secondary Education
High Point, NC
Jennifer Vera Osornio
Elementary Education
Mt. AIry, NC
Madison Puckett
Birth through Kindergarten and Special Education
Banner Elk, NC
Matthew Ethan Reep
Special Education, General Curriculum K-12
Newland, NC
Lauren Rowe
Lauren Rowe
English, Secondary Education
Huntersville, NC
Lexi Stone
Lexi Stone
Special Education
Lumberton, NC

Former Scholars

Jordan Amos
Elementary Education
Kathryn Bast
Elementary Education
Brandy Booe
Elementary Education
Anna Carpenter
English, Secondary Education
Troy Colvard
History, Secondary Education
Samantha Couch
Elementary Education
Bryan Doolan
Special Education
Chelsea Eller
Elementary Education
Nicholas Flippen
Special Education
Nicole Hoffman
English, Secondary Education
Nicole Iorio
Middle Grades Education
Audrey Jones
Middle Grades Education
Judson McDonald
Spanish Education
Marissa Minnick
Elementary Education
Adam Ortega
English, Secondary Education and Spanish Education
Breanna Ramirez
Elementary Education
Hannah Robinson
History, Secondary Education
Hayley Sheffield
Middle Grades Education
Samantha Adams Smith
Mathematics, Secondary Education
Matthew Thifault
Special Education
Olivia Thompson
Middle Grades Education
Catherine Utley
Elementary Education
Savannah Washco
Elementary Education