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May 17, 2021

Accepting Applications for Ryan Patterson Memorial Scholarship

The YMCA of Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge & South Amboy/YMCA at the Piscataway Community Center is pleased to announce that we are once again offering our Ryan Patterson Memorial Scholarship to for high school teens who are pursuing higher education in the fall of 2021.  This scholarship is funded through the Ryan Patterson Memorial Scholarship Program, administered by The YMCA of Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge & South Amboy, a 501(c)(3) organization. Additional funds are raised throughout the year in support of the scholarship program. The final scholarship award amount for 2021 is $2,000.

We are asking that you spread the word of this scholarship by forwarding this email to your students who would be eligible.  Important information on the scholarship is below:

History of the Scholarship:  The Ryan Patterson Memorial Scholarship was established several years ago in honor of late Metuchen Branch YMCA swim coach and mentor, Ryan Marie Patterson. Ryan was 27 years old. Ryan believed that every child should be provided the opportunity to sparkle. She helped so many children realize their gifts and share them with the world. Ryan believed that gestures both large and small had the power to make a difference in the life of a child. At a young age, Ryan committed to helping those around her. As a teen she began her work with children as a member and coach of the Metuchen Branch YMCA Manta Ray swim team. Her work with her teammates inspired her and helped guide her direction in college. Ryan attended Colgate University, graduating with honors with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. She then received her Master of Social Work degree from Fordham University in the Bronx.  After graduate school, the Bronx became her new domain. Ryan’s caring, insight, and persistence allowed her to help troubled children in need. At the time of her death, Ryan worked at the Morris Heights Health Center counseling and supporting students at the Health Opportunities High School and Truman High School in the South Bronx. Unfortunately, Ryan’s time was cut short. There is still much work to be done. 

About the Scholarship: The recipient must strive for excellence in academics, sports or the arts. In addition, they must demonstrate that they have made an impact in their community through volunteer work, a service project or other means, live by the golden rule, have influenced others in a positive way and advocated for others who are less fortunate. There is no grade point average that is required to apply for this scholarship. The scholarship can be used to fund the recipient’s higher education cost.

How to Apply: Applications are available on the YMCA of Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge & South Amboy website.  All submissions must be submitted electronically through the website.

Important Dates: All scholarship applications must be received by June 30, 2021.  The Committee will notify the scholarship recipient in July 2021 and they will receive their scholarship at a small presentation in August 2021.

For More Information:  For more information, please contact Veronica Vargas or at 732-516-2095 or at