Mississippi State Scholarship Highlight – James Patterson Scholarship

Mississippi State Scholarship Highlight – James Patterson Scholarship


(upbeat electronic music) – [Narrator] Through the
continuing, resounding success of the Infinite Impact Campaign, Mississippi State University
is reaping the benefits from those who share
the vision of learning, research and service. The results of the
Infinite Impact Campaign is resonating in the lives of students, faculty and staff which will continue for generations to come. Featured here is one
statement of a lasting impact. New York native, James Patterson,
is an award-winning author of several internationally
acclaimed fictional series as well as children’s stories. Throughout his career,
he has always championed the power of books and to
encourage kids to read. His dedication to promote
literacy has been extensive and reaches around the
country and the world. His devotion to helping develop
positive literary habits for children has been visible
through his benevolent and financial support of reading programs and providing books for
children in military families, stateside and overseas. But his contributions
have also been spread through universities
around the nation as well, including Mississippi State. The James Patterson Teacher
Education Scholarship has paved the way for students seeking a degree in education who will help give the kids
the necessary groundwork for finding enjoyment in reading. The scholarship awards these
future teachers $6,000 a year to assist them in their journey of impacting future students. Over the past five years,
Bulldogs have benefited from this amazing scholarship. The first class to graduate
is already giving back to the community around the country and especially in Mississippi. Caitlin McFarland,
originally from Tennessee, was a recipient of the James Patterson Teacher Education Scholarship in the first year it was awarded. Her experience at Mississippi State grew her passion for teaching and encouraging children to read. After graduation, she
sought to stay in state and give back to students in Mississippi. – I think the James Patterson Scholarship was a great way to
connect with other people who want to become teachers
and who are inspiring. They just have a big passion for learning. So that was really great to have a little small community,
starting Freshman year, especially from being out-of-state. Having the James
Patterson Scholars with me and going through all the different trials that you have in college
was just really great to have them as a support team. – [Narrator] Thank you for
the dedication and support through the Infinite Impact Campaign. The trajectory in the lives
you touch will last a lifetime.

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