James Patterson Scholarship Selection Underway, Recipients Will Be Announced this June

By Amy Cardoza, Staff Writer

April 22nd marks the deadline for the upcoming James Patterson Scholarship submissions for the 2016-2017 year.

Since it’s inception in 2012, famous author alum James Patterson awards select Manhattan juniors and seniors with a five thousand dollar scholarship based on leadership potential and academic merit.

“The James Patterson Scholarship is for students that show dedication and a passion for their future career,” said Amy Oliva, a former recipient. “It reflects in their grades, their involvement on campus, and their plans for their future careers”

Chosen students will be asked to write a 3-5-page essay that Patterson himself will read. He will ultimately chose the ten winners.

Past winners have been selected from a vast array of majors, including, but not limited to, engineering, biology, education, English and communications.

“[A good application] should stand out from the crowd and it should really embody the potential that you are thought to have as a Manhattan College Jasper,” Chris Hoey, another recipient of the scholarship, said. “A good candidate is someone who can express their motivations and aspirations clearly and in a way that stays true to their own character.”

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James Patterson ’69 gives out roughly 16scholarship awards to Manhattan College students every year. Photo Courtesy of Creative Commons.

According to “New York Daily News,” Patterson hadn’t intended to be a Jasper. In a strange mix-up, Manhattan was the only college his principal sent his application to. Still instead of transferring to his first choice, Harvard, after the first year he decided to remain at Manhattan the rest of his college experience.

“Manhattan really was, I think, the reason that I have the desire to give back as I do,” Patterson told the “Daily News.”

“The hope is that [the recipients] will be even more motivated to take what they’re learning out into the community. We want someone to run Morgan Stanley in a very moral way, and teachers to come out of there and really go into NYC schools and make a difference. We’ll do it on the bigger scale as time goes by”

In addition, Patterson donates to other colleges as well as starting the James Patterson Minority Scholarship in 2006.

“I think it’s a noble thing for highly respected alums to give back to their community,” Kaelin McHale said. “For someone as famous as Patterson to find the time and money to give back to a school he never meant to attend is truly amazing.”

The scholarship winners will be announced in June.