2013-14 James Patterson Scholars
2013-14 James Patterson Scholars
2013-14 James Patterson Scholars
2013-14 James Patterson Scholars

2013-14 Cohort
James Patterson Scholars

Michelle Berg (Wichita, KS) - Elementary Education

Samantha Buchanan (Grantville, KS) - Elementary Education

Leanne Feathers (Wamego, KS) - Elementary Education

Jennifer Gottstein (Lawrence, KS) - Elementary Education

Joseph Hamer (Wichita, KS) - Elementary Education

Sarah Johnson (Wichita, KS) - Education

Travisray Salyers (Eudora, KS) - Business Education

JaShawn Wallace (Kansas City, KS) - Education

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Author James Patterson’s surprise gift benefits education students

August 31, 2013

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, who established the James Patterson Teacher Education Scholarships at Emporia State.

Patterson contacted Emporia State President Dr. Michael D. Shonrock in April 2013 to offer the scholarships. Wrote Patterson: “I’ve been looking to bring the Teacher Education Scholarships to more schools and, after studying a number of institutions and programs, I think The Teachers College would be a great addition.”

The author’s books include the Alex Cross and Woman’s Murder Club series for adults and Maximum Ride, Witch & Wizard and Middle School series for young adults. Patterson holds the Guinness record for the author with the most titles to hit No. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list.

The Patterson Family Foundation provides funding for scholarships at Vanderbilt University, Manhattan College and the University of Wisconsin, all alma maters of James and Sue Patterson, as well as James Patterson Teacher Education Scholarships at 17 schools.

Patterson is passionate about getting children to read and believes that teachers are key to the effort, explained Dr. Ken Weaver, dean of The Teachers College.

“Mr. Patterson chose Emporia State University as a recipient of his generosity because he was impressed with how The Teachers College is preparing the next generation of great teachers,” said Weaver. “This gift will make a substantial difference in the lives of these students.”

A prolific author of novels for adults, young adults and middle-school age, Patterson launched a website, Read Kiddo Read, that includes lesson plans for educators to use in teaching a variety of books as well as a forum for teachers to exchange their own lesson plans.

2014-15 James Patterson Scholars
2014-15 James Patterson Scholars
2014-15 James Patterson Scholars
2014-15 James Patterson Scholars

2014-15 Cohort
James Patterson Scholars

Sarah Allison (Meriden, KS) - Elementary Education

Olivia Bisges (Liberty, MO) - Elementary Education

Tiffany Boulware (Raytown, MO) - Secondary Education, Spanish and TESOL  

Korin Koch (Salina, KS) - Secondary Education, English and Speech/Theatre

Amanda Leadbetter (Ottawa, KS) - Elementary Education

Cassidy Tilden (Topeka, KS) - Secondary Education, English and Speech/Theatre

Shayna Towle (Overland Park, KS) - Elementary Education

all-cohorts
Patterson Scholars with Dr. Ken Weaver and
President Michael Shonrock