<P>TXSTATE.EDU39 BIG NUMBERS, BIG FUTURE James Pattersons name is familiar to anyone who frequents a bookstore or a library. His books have made the best-seller list every year since 1996 and hes one of the worlds most proli?c authors, working on multiple books at a time. Last year, 14 of the books that he wrote or co-wrote were best sellers. Patterson believes that teachers made a big difference in his life, giving him a love of reading and writing that has become the foundation for his long, successful career as an author. He established the James Patterson Teacher Education Scholarships as a way to support teachers and reading education. In April 2013 when Barbara Breier, Texas States vice president for university advancement, saw the letter offering scholarships to the university she was shocked — in a good way. No one at the university had contacted Pattersons organization or was even aware of the scholarship program. The university jumped at the opportunity. This is a celebrity who is world famous. To be singled out is unique and a tremendous vote of con?dence for Texas State, Breier says. Mr. Pattersons staff goes through a rigorous process to qualify a university. Seventeen colleges and universities in the nation, including Michigan State University, Howard University, and the University of Southern California, are bene?tting from the Patterson Scholarships. Texas State is the only school in Texas to receive funding for the scholarships. The Patterson Scholarship offers eight $6,000 scholarships to incoming freshmen who plan to become teachers. The university invited approximately 150 incoming freshmen who had designated a teaching career path to apply for the scholarship. After a committee reviewed the applications, essays and ?nancial needs, 12 applicants were interviewed and eight ?nalists were chosen. These scholars are making the grade. Breier says several students had 4.0 grade point averages for the fall semester and the rest had 3.0 GPAs or higher. Although the Patterson commitment was for one year, Breier hopes that the students success will encourage the author to continue his support. Stan Carpenter, dean of the College of Education, believes the schools dedication to quality is the primary reason Texas State was chosen by Patterson. Its a fascinating thing. He had staff looking at top education colleges across the country. They told us, ‘You have a wonderful reputation in teacher education. The statistics are impressive. Were the No. 1 producer of certi?ed teachers in the state of Texas and No. 4 in the country, Carpenter says. Another way Patterson has supported students is through prizes from an essay contest, James Pattersons College Book Bucks. In the spring, high school seniors wrote on the question, How has your favorite book inspired you toward what youd like to do in life? Winners received certi?cates of $500 or $1,000 to use toward books at independent bookstores af?liated with IndieBound, an association of authors who support independent bookstores. Although Pattersons initial fame was built on plot-twist thrillers such as the Alex Cross, Womens Murder Club and Michael Bennett series, Patterson also writes best- selling books for children and young adults. It might seem contradictory for an author of violent thrillers to write for young people, but Patterson has a personal reason — his son Jack. He explained it on his website, www. readkiddoread.com: When our son, Jack, was 8, he wasnt a gung-ho reader. Now, Im sure my wife, Sue, and I have made a half- million mistakes raising Jack, but during that eighth summer of our stewardship, we did something right: We told him he didnt have to mow the lawn (hooray!), but he was going to read every day (boo). We then told Jack we were going to help him ?nd books we promised he would like … By the end of that summer, Jack had read half a dozen books that he loved, and his reading skills improved dramatically. Pattersons experience looking for books for Jack motivated the author to write books that I hoped kids would love to read ... To contribute a few books that hopefully, will make kids readers for life. He created the readkiddoread.com website for similar reasons — to help parents and kids ?nd interesting books and to give teachers resources and lesson plans to support reading programs. Like Patterson, Texas State recognizes that the ability to read and write lays the foundation for future learning and intellectual development, and that bright, highly motivated teachers can have an enormous impact on young children. Thanks to Pattersons vision and support, his own childhood inspiration will be replicated through teachers trained at Texas State and in the lives of countless children nationwide. - Were the No.1 producer of certi?ed teachers in the state of Texas and No.4 in the country.  STAN CARPENTER, DEAN OF THE COLLEGE OF EDUCATION More Information James Patterson: www.jamespatterson.com Patterson Scholarships: www.jamespatterson.com/aboutpatterson- scholarships.php</p> <UL><LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/688/emtmyzymj/1/1/">Front-Cover</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/688/emtmyzymj/2/2/">Inside-Front-Cover</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/688/emtmyzymj/3/3/">Page-1</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/688/emtmyzymj/4/4/">Page-2</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/688/emtmyzymj/5/5/">Page-3</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/688/emtmyzymj/6/6/">Page-4</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/688/emtmyzymj/7/7/">Page-5</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/688/emtmyzymj/8/8/">Page-6</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/688/emtmyzymj/9/9/">Page-7</a></LI> <LI><a 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