Sandy Patterson Memorial Scholarship

Sandra (Sandy) L. Patterson believed in the power of education to improve lives. She encouraged her children’s educational journeys and continued hers later in life. To continue her legacy, the Matthew Edwards Family has endowed a scholarship in memory of Sandy. The family hopes to encourage high school graduates to pursue their academic and vocational dreams, just as Sandy did for her children.

Matthew Edwards shares:

As a single mom raising me and my two younger sisters, Mom had several jobs to make ends meet. From the time I was eleven years old, I recall my mother telling me that I needed to go to college. But what I did not know then was that she had left college when I was born and worked in and out of the home while raising us.  Mom temporarily put her education aspirations aside so we could fulfill ours. Four decades later, Sandy Patterson was celebrated at a Diablo Valley College commencement ceremony for being the oldest AA degree recipient that year. She was very proud that she had finally reached her goal after helping each of us earn our degrees. A little embarrassed about being identified as old. we said, “Don’t worry about it, we will still lovingly and proudly call you Mom.”

The Sandra Patterson Memorial Scholarship will annually be awarded to a student who participated in the Livermore High School instrumental music department program.

Sandy Patterson and “Cher” at the Diablo Post Office.  Circa 1997.