William 'Bill' Patterson Scholarship

William 'Bill' Patterson Scholarship

Purpose: For Wooster High School seniors who plan to attend Ohio Northern University. (Scholarship Funds)

William PattersonWilliam "Bill" Patterson

In 1965, Bill Patterson came to Wooster, Ohio as the Executive Director of the YMCA. This began his love affair with Wooster and Wayne County. After six years he moved to Wisconsin to further his YMCA career and after 25 years retired from YMCA service.

He returned to Wooster where he was the most satisfied in living and where his three sons had attended school; two are Wooster High School graduates. He considered a couple of businesses to purchase but instead opted to accept Harold Freedlander’s offer in men’s clothing and stayed for 11 years. During this time he entered public office, serving 14 years on City Council and in the Mayor’s position.

Bill is a member of Rotary and each year saw Wooster High School students, where his son Todd is a science teacher, receiving college scholarships. After attending his 50th class reunion at Ohio Northern University, he thought of special ways he could support the school which had helped him years earlier. He also wanted to honor his adopted hometown of Wooster. Through the Wayne County Community Foundation, he established a scholarship fund for a Wooster High School senior enrolling at Ohio Northern University.

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