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Patterson Business Scholarship

History of the Scholarship

The Patterson Scholarship was established in January 1997.  Kermit Patterson taught in EKU's College of Business from 1955 to 1982.  His wife, Opal, taught in the Department of Biological Sciences from 1956 to 1968.  Mrs. Patterson received her Master's Degree in Education from EKU in 1958. Interest from the generous estate bequest from the Pattersons supports scholarships for four-year students in any MMIB areas.

The Scholarship is projected to award $2,000 per year for six students in each year of study. The scholarship may be renewed annually and additional monies can be provided for an international experience. 

This scholarship is stackable.  Monies received from this scholarship do not affect eligibility for other financial aid or scholarships.  The number of semesters for which a student is eligible to receive the Scholarship is determined by the Scholarship Committee.

Selection Criteria

The following criteria are applicable for Freshmen, Transfer, Sophomore, Junior, and Senior students: 

  • Student must declare major in any MMIB areas.
  • Student must have a minimum university GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Incoming freshman must have a minimum high school GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Student must have attained a minimum composite ACT of 24.
  • Student must show evidence of leadership activities.

Renewal Criteria

  • Student must continue to be a declared MMIB major.
  • Student must maintain a minimum university GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Student must show evidence of leadership activities.

Renewal forms will be sent to present Patterson Scholars in February for the upcoming academic year.

Steps to Apply

  • Complete this pdf application form and submit it to Chair, Patterson Scholarship Committee, BTC 011 postmarked no later than March 1 of the year in which you submit the application.  Late applications will be considered only if funds allow.
  • Submit an official copy of your transcript, complete through the fall semester of your senior year of high school.  Transfer students must submit an official copy of their current transcript.
  • Submit a typed letter stating your reasons for wanting to attend EKU and major in one of the MMIB areas.  This letter should include any information not specified in your resume that you would like the Committee to know about you.
  • Submit three letters of recommendation from such people as your principal, guidance counselor, teacher, or employer.
  • Submit a resume highlighting high school or university activities, as well as work-related activities.  Evidence of leadership should be emphasized.
  • Applications must be postmarked no later than March 1 of the year in which you submit the application.  Late applications will be considered only if funds allow.
  • If you have any questions about this process, contact the MMIB Office at Phone 859-622-1377 or Fax 859-622-2359.
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