More SUNY Geneseo students are benefiting from the renewal of a scholarship program that best-selling author James Patterson created in 2013 at the college’s Ella Cline Shear School of Education.
Patterson has donated $90,000 to the James Patterson Teacher Education Scholarship Fund at Geneseo to provide new scholarships of $6,000 for eligible incoming freshmen, first-year graduate students, and five renewal scholarships for seniors who have been receiving Patterson scholarships annually since the second year of the Patterson Scholarship program at the college.
Receiving the new scholarships this year (all from New York) are graduate students Danielle Schantz from Huntington, Heather McFarlane, from Charlton, Tiffany Longacre from Geneseo, Natalie Malanowski from Albion, Megan Gooden from Marcellus, and Autumn Arnold from Lockport.
Freshmen receiving scholarships are Sarah Hand from Rochester, Kari Michinski from West Babylon, Emily DeSantis from Patchogue, Maddison Moore from Marion, and Maria Papas from Hauppauge.
Geneseo’s Patterson Scholarship recipients were selected on the basis of their interest in pursuing a career as a school teacher with a preparation to promote literacy and an intent to instill in their students an enduring and lasting love for reading.
Students selected for the awards have the option of renewing the scholarships through graduation.
The Patterson Family Foundation awards scholarships to students at 22 colleges and universities around the country.