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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. 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 2015 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 2015 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
    • 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 May 31st, 2015 deadline!
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HOW TO DOWNLOAD 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_2015.pdf file as Smith_John_Financial_Form_A_2015.pdf.
    4. Click the Save button.

Remember to download all three (3) files.

Patterson Fund Save As

Patterson Fund Filename

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HOW TO FILL OUT 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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Spreadsheet

APPLICATION SUBMISSION CHECKLIST

  • ITEM #1: Form A: 2015 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 2015. 
  • 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: Essay Question #1
    •  Answer the following biographical questions.
      • Have you ever given in to peer pressure and done something that you are not proud of??
      • Have you ever resisted peer pressure and done something you are proud of??
      • Describe what happened and what you did. What lesson did you learn??
    • Limited to one page single spaced.
  • ITEM #5: Essay Question #2
    • Answer either question #1 or #2
      • QUESTION #1: Many students participate in both school and after school activities such as music lessons, dance lessons, sports, being tutored or prepared for college etc. Some of these activities can also take time during weekends such as travel teams and recitals. Are these activities worth the time you spend on them?? Describe a typical week. What would you change??
        • Your essay can be in the form of a rant or rap.
      • QUESTION #2: What do you think is the most crucial social issue facing the United States of America today?? If you had the authority, what would you do about it?? Even if you do not have the authority what would you as a citizen do about it??
    • 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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SUBMISSION DEADLINE

  • All scholarship applications must be received by May 31st, 2015.

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.
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QUESTIONS?

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