James Patterson is a best selling author, in fact, he may be THE best selling author. Known for book series like Alex Cross, Women's Murder Club and Michael Bennett, in 2011, it was estimated that one in four of all hardcover suspense/thriller novels sold was written by James Patterson. He holds the Guinness record for the most #1 New York Times bestsellers of any author. He's been featured on magazine covers, in television news magazines and has acquired many other accolades too numerous to mention. Add to that list: educational philanthropist.
Patterson has devoted much of his time recently to championing books and reading, particularly among young people. He created the James Patterson Pageturner Awards, as well as the website ReadKiddoRead.com, that encourages young people to read. In addition, Patterson provides College Book Bucks scholarships, and donates hundreds of thousands of books to schools here in the U.S., as well as to troops overseas.
Tougaloo College recently received a $48,000 donation from the best-selling author to establish the James Patterson Teacher Education Scholarship Fund. The fund will award scholarships to eight (8) Division of Education students who are pursuing careers in the teaching field.
The James Patterson Teacher Education Scholars will form a community of learners to promote inquiry, leadership, and advocacy for Mississippi children, adolescents, families and communities. "We are excited and honored by James Patterson's generous contribution and support, as we continue our legacy of excellence in preparing competent teachers, who not only demonstrate academic excellence, but also provide distinctive leadership and service to the state of Mississippi," said Dr. Pamela M. Russ, dean of the Division of Education.
For additional information, contact the Tougaloo College Division of Education at 601-977-7744.
About Tougaloo College
Founded in 1869, Tougaloo College is a private, historically black, coeducational four-year liberal arts institution, located on the northern edge of Jackson, Mississippi. Known nationally as "The Cradle of the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi" and consistently listed as one of the Best Colleges in the Southeast by The Princeton Review and U.S. News and World Report, the College is also listed among the top 20 of "America's Best Black Colleges" in the most recent U.S. News and World Report and is ranked among the top 20 liberal arts institutions in the nation by Washington Monthly (2012-13). More than 60% of its graduates enter professional and graduate schools immediately after graduation. Tougaloo College continues to be a leading producer of African American health professionals, including over 40% of the physicians and dentists, practicing in the state of Mississippi. Among its graduates are more than one-third of the state's African American attorneys and educators including teachers, principals, school superintendents, college/university faculty and administrators.
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