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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 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 2019 school year scholarships will be in the amount of $2000.


  • 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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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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  • 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 3rd, 2019 deadline!
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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_2019.pdf file as Smith_John_Financial_Form_A_2019.pdf.
    4. Click the Save button.

Remember to download and save all three (3) files.

How To Save Files

Patterson Fund Filename

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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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  • 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.
    • Do not use both sides of paper.
    • Please do not STAPLE pages.
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  • ITEM #1: Form A: 2019 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 2019. 
  • 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
    • According to creditable authority and research there is a recommended number of hours of sleep per night and a recommended diet for each age group.
      • How do your sleep per night and your dietary habits compare with these recommendations?
      • How are you managing your health needs??
  • 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: ESSAY QUESTION #1: On December 4th 2018, Kevin Darnold Hart a comedian, actor and producer, age 39, was asked to host the 91st Academy Awards on February 24th 2019. The Academy Awards is the showplace for actors and people connected with movies and where the famous Oscar is awarded. Because of negative publicity he declined on December 8th. The nature of the negative publicity was that between 2009 and 2012 he sent tweets that contained words and thoughts that were offensive to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. As an example Hart said if he came home and found his son playing with his daughter’s dollhouse he would break it over his son’s head.
        • What are the rules for speaking your mind on social media?
        • What is a homophobic remark?
        • Is it offensive if it is being used to be satirical, sarcastic or humorous ?
        • Kevin Hart has verbally apologized but his apology was considered insincere. Why?
      • ESSAY QUESTION #2: There has been much controversy over teacher evaluations in the public schools. Teachers do not want to be evaluated because they do not think they are a fair measure of a teacher’s worth. There is also controversy over using mandated student tests to chart student educational progress and teacher effectiveness. The one approach that does not seem to be considered is student testing of teachers based upon what is important to students.
        • If you were going to evaluate teachers which five skills or classroom techniques would you evaluate??
        • In your answer describe the skill or technique and explain.
  • 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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    • Mail To:
      • Nicholas Patterson Fund
      • Administrator
      • P.O. Box 192
      • Buffalo, NY 14213-0192
    • 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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  • All scholarship applications must be received by June 3rd, 2019

Canendar 2019 June 3


  • 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.


  • 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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