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  • The academic scholarships provided by the Nicholas Patterson Perpetual Fund were established under the Last Will and Testament of the late Nicholas D. Patterson.  Mr. Patterson, who lived to the age of 103, was a self-educated man who during the course of his lifetime developed an admiration as well as an appreciation for those who studied hard and worked to try and achieve their goals through education and citizenship. The Patterson Fund scholarships are not intended to pay a student's entire tuition but to help lessen their financial burden. Tuition assistance may include help reducing educational costs such as purchase of books, computers,  supplies etc. For the most part the scholarships are for Erie county residents. Recipients do not have to matriculate in schools in Erie County.  Click Here to view recipients. For the fall 2016 school year scholarships will be in the amount of $2000.

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OVERVIEW

The academic scholarships provided by the Nicholas Patterson Perpetual Fund were established under the Last Will and Testament of the late Nicholas D. Patterson. Mr. Patterson was a self-educated man, who during the course of his lifetime (he lived to 103) developed an admiration as well as an appreciation for those who studied hard and worked to try and achieve their goals through education and citizenship. The Patterson Fund scholarships are not intended to pay a student's entire tuition, but to help lessen their financial burden.  For the fall 2016 school year scholarships will be in the amount of $2000.

ELIGIBILITY

  • Mr. Patterson's will dictates that all applicants for this scholarship must be residents of Erie County in New York State.
  • Recipients do not have to matriculate in schools in Erie County.
  • All applicants, regardless of academic standing, get equal consideration.
  • Financial means is not the sole consideration.
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SCHOLARSHIP SELECTION

A Committee consisting of three members reads the scholarship applications and provides recommendations to the Trustee of the foundation as to the fitness of each applicant. No candidate will be eliminated from selection because he/she is not an outstanding student or has financial means. However, candidates who do not follow the instructions (see below) will not receive consideration. The purpose of the scholarship is to help develop the skills necessary to become hard working citizens, who upon the completion of their studies will be ready to contribute to their community and their country.

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WHAT YOU WILL NEED TO DO

  • Overview:
    • You will be filling out three Forms, answering a biographical question and answering one of two essay questions plus recommendations.
      • Minimum of six pages and a maximum of eight pages
    • The biographical questions and essay questions are found on the Application Submission Check List below.
    • Transcripts
      • Include most recently completed semester
      • Unofficial transcripts are acceptable
      • No Page Limit
  • How To Begin:
    • Download Forms A, B & C.
      • Instructions are in the next section.
    • The Scholarship Application Instruction section includes guidelines about HOW to complete your scholarship application.
    • The Application Submission Checklist section includes guidelines about WHAT must be included in your scholarship application.
    • The How To Submit Your Application Section includes instructions about SUBMITTING your scholarship application.
  • Deadline:
    • Don't forget the June 7th, 2016 deadline!
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HOW TO DOWNLOAD AND PRINT THE FORMS

NOTE: Use these links to download Adobe Acrobat Reader or any PDF reader, to view and print the forms.

Your application package must include Forms A, B, and C.

To Download the PDF Forms:

  1. Click on the link to the Form.
  2. Click on the down arrow to the right of the Save button then select Save as.
  3. Next, rename the filename.
    1. Replace YourLastName with your last name.
    2. Replace YourFirstName with your first name.
    3. If you name is John Smith, save the YourLastname_YourFirstName_Financial_Form_A_2016.pdf file as Smith_John_Financial_Form_A_2016.pdf.
    4. Click the Save button.

Remember to download all three (3) files.

Save File As

 

Patterson Fund Filename

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HOW TO FILL OUT THE FORMS

NOTE: Use these links to download Adobe Acrobat Reader or any PDF reader, to view and print the forms.

  1. Forms A, B & C are downloadable PDF Forms.
    1. You may download and print the Forms then type or neatly print your information.
    2. You may download and save the forms then edit the forms on your computer or any device then print the Forms.
      1. Using Adobe Acrobat Reader or any PDF reader, open desired Form.
      2. Click on any box into which you want to enter information.
      3. When you are done entering information, save the Form. You can reopen the PDF file and make changes as needed.
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SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

  • Each application must be typed or neatly printed in ink.
  • The application itself is limited to a MINIMUM of SIX PAGES and a MAXIMUM of EIGHT PAGES.
  • ACADEMIC TRANSCRIPTS of your most recently completed semester must be sent along with the scholarship application package, but are not considered part of the scholarship application package.
    • In other words, ACADEMIC TRANSCRIPTS are not part of the six (6) to eight (8) page application, but must be included with it. If they are sent separately, your entire application will be viewed as incomplete and will not receive any consideration.
      • Transcripts may be copies.
      • Class schedules are not considered transcripts.
  • Use SINGLE SHEETS OF PAPER.
    • Do not use both sides of paper.
    • Please do not STAPLE pages.
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APPLICATION SUBMISSION CHECKLIST

  • ITEM #1: Form A: 2016 Applicant Information:
    • The first page must contain your name; address where you live, telephone number, email address (if applicable), name of school presently attending as well as the name of the school you hope to attend in 2016. 
  • ITEM #2: Form B: Financial Information: Applicant
  • ITEM #3: Form C: Financial Information: Parent / Guardian / Spouse
    • Form C must be dated and signed by person providing the information.
  • ITEM #4: Biographical Question
    •  Answer the following biographical questions.
      • What is your definition of a leader?
        • Be original, definitions from dictionaries and Wikipedia will not count.
      • Have you ever been a leader??
        • How were you chosen or self appointed and whom did you lead?
      • Did you accomplish a goal??
      • If you have never been a leader, describe a leader in history that you would like to emulate ??
        • How did the leader accomplish his/her goal??
  • ITEM #5: Essay Question
    • You may answer one or both questions. If you answer both questions your answer must be limited to one single spaced typed or written page per question. If you answer only one question your answer must be limited to two single spaced typed or written pages.
      • ESSAY QUESTION #1: In the news, there have been far too many reports of guns being used to injure and kill students.
        • How would you prevent guns from being used to cause further deaths of students??
        • Given the recent gun violence, do you think that citizens should lose the right to own guns??
        • What if sales of guns and gun ownership was prohibited by law; would that stop the killing of students??
      • ESSAY QUESTION #2: There is a large volume of evidence to support the belief that non-Caucasians are more likely to be arrested, and treated brutally by police.
        • Do you agree this is true??
          • If so, what causes it and what would you do to stop it ?
        • If you do not agree this is true, explain why the media reports so much of it and why you do not believe the reports?
    • Limited to two pages single spaced.
  • ITEM #6: Recommendations
    • Include recommendations from teachers, employers, neighbors, etc.
    • Limited to two pages single spaced.
  • ITEM #7: Academic Transcripts
    • Number Of Pages: As Needed.
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HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION

  • PRINTED APPLICATION
    • Mail To:
      • Nicholas Patterson Fund
      • Administrator
      • P.O. Box 192
      • Buffalo, NY 14213-0192
  • ELECTRONIC APPLICATION
    • You may scan all pages into one PDF document.
    • You may submit any combination of PDF and word processing files.
      • Acceptable file formats:
        • .PDF
        • .DOC
        • .DOCX
        • .RTF
    • Email To:
    • IMPORTANT: Please Include Your Last & First Name In All Document Filenames.
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June 7th Deadline

SUBMISSION DEADLINE

  • All scholarship applications must be received by June 7th, 2016.

SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT ANNOUNCEMENT DATE

  • The Patterson Fund trustees will set the scholarship recipient announcement date after all applications have been reviewed.
  • This date changes from year to year based on the number of applications received.
  • If you would like to be notified of this year's scholarship recipients, CLICK HERE to sign up.

MEMO TO SCHOOL FINANCIAL ADVISERS

  • For your convenience, the memo to school financial advisers is made available as a downloadable PDF file.
Click Here To Download The PDF File

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