James Patterson has donated more than one million books to students, focusing on some of the most under-resourced schools and youth programs in the country. To date, he has donated $7.25 million to school and classroom libraries throughout the United States, and $2.1 million to independent bookstores and employees.
Patterson has recently donated over $35 million to his and his wife’s alma maters—the University of Wisconsin, Vanderbilt University, and Manhattan College—and he has established over four hundred Teacher and Writer Education Scholarships at twenty-one colleges and universities throughout the country. Patterson has also donated more than one million books to U.S. soldiers at home and overseas.
Giving Back to Higher Education...
The Patterson Family Foundation has given over $26 million to the alma maters of James and Sue Patterson: Vanderbilt University, Manhattan College, and the University of Wisconsin.
The Patterson Family Foundation has awarded over seven million dollars in scholarships to students at 24 different colleges. The James Patterson Teacher Education Scholarships support up-and-coming teachers, who will help give kids the necessary foundation for lifelong reading enjoyment, at the following schools:
- Appalachian State University - Reich College of Education
- Emporia State University - The Teachers College
- Florida Atlantic University - College of Education
- Howard University - School of Education
- Mississippi State University - College of Education
- Relay Graduate School of Education
- Tougaloo College - Division of Education, Supervision and Direction
- University of Alabama - College of Education
- University of Florida - College of Education
- University of Pennsylvania – College of Arts and Sciences
- University of Southern California - Rossier School of Education
Additionally, the Pattersons support the A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts in West Palm Beach, most recently sponsoring the school's annual holiday prism concert. The school is consistently ranked as one of the highest-performing public schools in the nation and sends more kids on to Juilliard than any other school in the country.
After-school reading programs are also in place at four Palm Beach County middle schools where up to 1,000 books have been donated.