Ryan Marie Patterson
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.
MEET THE RMP SCHOLARSHIP WINNER, SHREYA SHIVAKUMAR
The YMCA of Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge & South Amboy has announced that the Ryan Patterson Memorial Scholarship has been awarded to Shreya Shivakumar of Edison.
The Ryan Patterson Memorial Scholarship was established several years ago in honor of late 27-year-old Metuchen Branch YMCA swim coach and mentor, Ryan Marie Patterson. 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. The scholarship award is $2,000, which can be used to fund the recipient’s higher education cost.
Shreya attended J.P. Stevens High School, where she received the AP Scholar with Distinction medal and earned the NJ Seal of Bi-literacy in Spanish and English. She was also president of her school’s Spanish Honor Society and was part of their mock trial team. To address a dire need for food insecurity for people with food allergies and no access or not being able to afford allergy-safe foods, Shreya has founded Nourish America, a charitable organization that provides allergy-friendly food to people in need. She has hosted many allergy-friendly food drives, donating over 2,800 lbs. of food to communities across the tristate area and has hosted fundraisers which raised $7,000 for this cause. She began a partnership with Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE), the world’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to food allergies. She joined the FARE Teen Advisory Group and became an anti-hunger and food allergy advocate. At the virtual FARE Living Teal Global Summit in October, Shreya received the inaugural Living Teal Spotlights Award for combating hunger within the food allergy community. As a Girl Scout Ambassador, Shreya is educating local Girl Scout troops about food allergy safety and has hosted food allergy education webinars for 430 children in 16 U.S. states. She has also volunteered with the Refugee Assistance Partners (RAP) as an English, Math and Science tutor to refugee children and worked with the organization to provide food to hundreds of refugees affected by the pandemic.
She will be attending Barnard College in the fall.
About the Ryan Marie Patterson Scholarship
Who Is Eligible?
Teen youth members of the communities that we serve who are pursuing higher education in the fall of 2021.
Are recommendations required?
You will be required to provided two written recommendations from non-family members in support of your application. Your scholarship application will not be considered complete or eligible for review without these two supporting recommendations.
What is the scholarship amount?
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.
Are there any restrictions on how the scholarship money can be used?
The scholarship can be used to fund the recipient’s higher education cost. If you are selected to receive the scholarship, you will be asked to provide proof of enrollment and tuition payment from your school/university. Upon receipt of the documentation, the scholarship funds will be released to you.
When are applications due?
All applications are now submitted electronically. The link to submit your application is below. All scholarship applications must be received electronically by June 30, 2021.
How are people selected?
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.
Do you have a grade point requirement?
There is no grade point average that is required to apply for this scholarship.
When will I find out if I have been granted the scholarship?
The Committee will notify the scholarship recipient in July and will receive their scholarship at a small presentation at the Metuchen YMCA in August 2021.
Please help us to continue offering this scholarship by donating to our Annual Support Campaign: