The James Patterson Teacher Education Scholarship
Eight USC Rossier students were the first-ever recipients of the James Patterson Teacher Education Scholarship in 2013-14. The scholarship fund was established by the best-selling author to support Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) students who plan to teach English-language arts and who demonstrate a passion for literacy and love of reading.
Patterson, who is best-known for his crime novels and holds The New York Times distinction of having the most hard-cover fiction titles ever sold by a single author, is an advocate of literacy promotion and the teaching of language arts. He and his wife Susan have established scholarship funds for teachers across the country, and hand-picked USC Rossier upon learning of its outstanding MAT program.
The USC Rossier MAT students selected to receive the $6,000 scholarships in 2013-14 were Lauren Galapate, Dana Ginger, Hannah Hudson, Jason Huynh, Samantha Niman, Harley Shine, Jeanny Tang and Constance Wong.
Receiving the Patterson scholarship has very much been a blessing. It has allowed me to pursue my dream of becoming a secondary English teacher. Graduate school tuition is expensive, but receiving this scholarship will definitely help me financially now and in the future. I am so grateful to be one of the recipients.
I was so grateful to receive this scholarship because it encourages me to put my education in perspective. I am studying to be an elementary school teacher, and I’m especially interested in early literacy and language arts. I’ve always been passionate about the written word and knowing that one day I will help other children experience the same joys in school that I have experienced is very exciting. The Patterson scholarship is particularly meaningful to me for this reason and I’m motivated to do my best in grad school.
Receiving the James Patterson Scholarship is a tremendous honor — for it symbolizes my passion for educating children and the importance of giving back. This scholarship will undoubtedly help me reach my goal of becoming a teacher for underprivileged children.
Because of the Patterson Scholarship, I’m taking one step ahead in finally becoming an English teacher. I get a chance to be a part of the MAT program. We are constantly being challenged to become great teachers, and I am loving every step of it!