James Patterson Awards 20 Scholarships to Students at Manhattan College, His Alma Mater

James Patterson

“Manhattan College students have impressed me year in and year out,” Patterson said. “This group of scholarship recipients are no different. Their dedication in receiving an education is obvious in their hard work and talents. I’m honored to award this scholarship to such exemplary Jaspers.”

For the sixth consecutive year, best-selling author James Patterson ’69 will award 20 Manhattan College students with $110,000 in academic scholarships. The scholarship for the 2017-18 academic year was given to 10 juniors and 10 seniors from the Schools of Liberal Arts, Business, Education and Health, Engineering, and Science.

Patterson started the scholarship program to recognize and reward Manhattan College students who have achieved great academic standing and have shown leadership potential, especially those interested in the field of education. All 20 students received the scholarships based on merit, need and involvement in activities that are tied to the College’s mission.

“Manhattan College students have impressed me year in and year out,” Patterson said. “This group of scholarship recipients are no different. Their dedication in receiving an education is obvious in their hard work and talents. I’m honored to award this scholarship to such exemplary Jaspers.”

The scholarship recipients include:

Juniors

Rinor Ahmetaj, civil engineering (Bronx, N.Y.)

Kaiyun Chen, secondary education (Woodhaven, N.Y.)

Alessandra Palmisano, mechanical engineering (Bronx, N.Y.)

Jaycie Cooper, communication (Monroe, Conn.)

Claudia Ramirez, biology (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico)

Diana Balaj, international studies (Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.)

Karla Ortiz, secondary education (Bronx, N.Y.)

Melissa Gallardo, communication (Islip Terrace, N.Y.)

Meghan Polhemus, chemical engineering (Pine Beach, N.J.)

Muhammad Buttar, civil engineering (Brooklyn, N.Y.)

Seniors

Mia Bertolli, biology (Leonia, N.J.)

Lorraine Bishop, radiation therapy technology (Bronx, N.Y.)

Carly Corbett-Frank, international studies (Winthrop, Mass.)

Kathia Coronado, mechanical engineering (Bronx, N.Y.)

Shane Duggan, finance (Pearl River, N.Y.)

Alessandra Eraifez, English (Yonkers, N.Y.)

Maria Mazo, biology (Yonkers, N.Y.)

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