Author James Patterson’s surprise gift benefits eight education students

2013 Patterson Scholars with President Shonrock and Dean Weaver

National Merit Finalist. A desire to give back to an inner city community. Inspired by teachers who served as mentors.

These are just some ways to describe eight Emporia State University students who have two very important things in common — they are pursuing education degrees from The Teachers College at Emporia State and, thanks to the generosity of best-selling author James Patterson, they each will receive $6,000 toward their freshman year.

“My passion is to get more and more kids excited about reading, and training the next generation of great teachers is essential to that mission,” explained Patterson.

The eight recipients of the James Patterson Teacher Education Scholarships at Emporia State University are:

    Michelle Berg of Wichita,
    Samantha Buchanan of Grantville,
    Leanne Feathers of Wamego,
    Jennifer Gottstein of Lawrence,
    Joseph Hamer of Wichita,
    Sarah Johnson of Wichita,
    Travisray Salyers of Eudora, and
    JaShawn Wallace of Kansas City, Kan.

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