DR. GEORGE A. PATTERSON MEMORIAL AWARD
Dr. George A. Patterson is a native of North Carolina. He and his wife, Mildred are the proud parents of a daughter and son-in-law, Dr. Rhonda P. Ford (Gerald) and a son and daughter-in-law, Kevin A. Patterson (Megan). He is also the proud grandfather of Jasmine AnnMarie Ford and Ryan Alexander Patterson. Dr. Patterson is one of ten children of the late Oscar and Nellie Patterson. He resides in Somerset, New Jersey.
Dr. Patterson received his BS degree in Chemistry from Elizabeth City State University in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. He took some post bachelor courses at North Carolina A & T State University in Greensboro, North Carolina. In 1976, he earned a medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry in Newark, New Jersey. After completing an internship and residency at Somerset Medical Center in Somerville, New Jersey, Dr. Patterson went into private practice as a Family Physician.
In addition to his medical practice, Dr. Patterson was active in numerous professional, community and civic organizations. He was a life member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. having been initiated into the Epsilon Alpha Chapter at Elizabeth City State University in 1961. He was a member of New Brunswick Alumni for nearly all of the chapter's history. He served as the chapter Polemarch and a members of its Board of Directors. He was a charter member and Paul Harris Fellow of the Franklin Township Rotary Club. He was the coordinator of the Martin Luther King Network; an organization that encourages networking of Black professionals and businesses and also provides scholarships for minority students. Dr. Patterson often participated in health fairs and screenings and served as a mentor to high school and college students. He also provided office internships for medical and nursing students as well as for college students who planned to pursue a degree in medicine.
Dr. Patterson gave credit to God and his Christian upbringing for his successful life. He was an active member of the Somerset Presbyterian Church in Somerset, New Jersey where he sangs in the choir and served as a Ruling Elder. The DIAMOND Foundation, Inc. recognized Dr. Patterson for his excellence and achievements. He is a fine example of the fraternity’s motto of achievement in every field of human endeavor.
Must be a graduating graduating high school senior who plan to attend a four-year institution of higher learning. Students must either have selected a college or completed the application process.
A minimum GPA necessary for scholarship consideration is 2.50.
All Application packets muxt be complete including the application, two letters of recommendation, an official high school transcript and essay.
All materials must be received by the application deadline.,