Honorable Cecil B. Patterson, Jr. Scholarship Endowment

Honorable Cecil B. Patterson, Jr. Scholarship Endowment

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The Honorable Cecil B. Patterson, Jr Scholarship Endowment was founded in 2017 in honor of Cecil B. Patterson Jr., the first Black judge appointed to the Maricopa County Superior Court and the first practicing Black lawyer in Arizona’s Attorney General’s Office and the state’s appeals court. He was a community leader and mentor with a passion for community engagement and he worked to combat inequalities in poverty, housing, youth programs and the criminal justice system. Patterson once stated his greatest reward comes from mentoring young lawyers to be the next generation of leaders. Your gift supports outstanding minority law students as they attend ASU to pursue their dreams of becoming the next generation of lawyers who change lives.

Impact of Donor Support

  • More learners can pursue higher education. In 2022, 22,000 donors contributed $66.3 million for scholarships.
  • More students succeed. ASU ranks #1 among the state’s public universities for its 86% first-year retention rate thanks in part to donor-funded student success initiatives.
  • And donors helped ASU offer more than 4,500 hours of free tutoring.

Our family believes in giving back and sharing the blessings we have received financially and through our time."

Dave Derminio

’74 BS in business, former ASU golfer who supports student-athletes through the Derminio Family Sun Devil Golf Scholarship

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