The Ryan Patterson Memorial Scholarship was established several years ago in honor of late Metuchen Branch YMCA swim coach and mentor, Ryan Marie Patterson. Ryan was 27 years old.
The scholarship named in honor of Patterson, is available to High School youth members of the YMCA of Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge & South Amboy pursuing higher education in the Fall of 2014.
Ryan believed that every child should be provided the opportunity to sparkle. She helped so many children realize their gifts and share them with the world. Ryan believed that gestures both large and small had the power to make a difference in the life of a child. At a young age, Ryan committed to helping those around her. As a teen she began her work with children as a member and coach of the Metuchen Branch YMCA Manta Ray swim team. Her work with her teammates inspired her and helped guide her direction in college. Ryan attended Colgate University, graduating with honors with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. She then received her Master of Social Work degree from Fordham University in the Bronx.
After graduate school, the Bronx became her new domain. Ryan’s caring, insight, and persistence allowed her to help troubled children in need. At the time of her death, Ryan worked at the Morris Heights Health Center counseling and supporting students at the Health Opportunities High School and Truman High School in the South Bronx. Unfortunately, Ryan’s time was cut short. There is still much work to be done.
About the Scholarship: The recipient must strive for excellence in academics, sports or the arts. In addition, they must demonstrate that they have overcome some sort of adversity or challenge (not limited to health challenges), live by the golden rule, have influenced others in a positive way and advocated for others who are less fortunate. There is no grade point average that is required to apply for this scholarship. The scholarship can be used to fund the recipient’s higher education cost.
This scholarship is funded through the Ryan Patterson Memorial Scholarship Program, administered by The YMCA of Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge & South Amboy, a 501(C)3 organization. Additional funds are raised throughout the year in support of the scholarship program. The final scholarship award amount for 2014 is $1,000.
How to Apply: Applications are available on the YMCA of Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge & South Amboy website and at the local YMCA branches and at the local area high schools in those communities.
Important Dates: All scholarship applications must be received by April 10, 2014.
Completed applications must be sent to:
The YMCA of Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge & South Amboy Association Office
483 Middlesex Avenue
Metuchen, NJ 08840
ATTN: Ann Allen
The Review Committee will notify the scholarship recipient in early May. In addition, the recipient will be our guest at the YMCA of Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge & South Amboy Annual Dinner Meeting scheduled for May 7, 2014 at the Pines Manor in Edison.