Opportunities Matter: Robert J. Patterson

When he was in high school, Dr. Robert Patterson began searching for scholarships, and finally came across a listing from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. He was awarded the scholarship and attended Georgetown University for his undergraduate degree. 

Years later, Dr. Patterson is now the Chair of the African American Studies Department at Georgetown, where he teaches students to think critically and focus on solving some of the most complex problems in our society. Patterson's work was shaped and inspired by his upbringing in Hartford, which included being selected in a school choice lottery and then transferring to the Glastonbury Public Schools for middle and high school.

With the help of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, Dr. Patterson was able to create his own scholarship fund, The Robert J. Patterson Scholarship Fund, in order to pay forward the opportunities that he has been given. The scholarship will assist students seeking to major in African American Studies, humanities or social justice. 

Dr. Patterson was the featured speaker at our 2018 Scholarship Recipient Reception, and also the subject of a video created for that event. The video showcases his story, how he came to create his own scholarship and the impact that he hopes to have. 


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