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“In every conceivable manner, the family is link to our past, bridge to our future.”

Alex Haley

Patrick Patterson1Family is at the core of Patrick J. Patterson’s, MSW/MPH ’00, life and work. The married father of two is the Senior Manager at ICF International that oversees the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse. Patterson grew up in Columbia in the Saxon Homes community and was shaken when his father, James, left their family when Patrick was 15. His mother, Geneva, remained a stronghold in his and his 3 siblings lives. Upon graduation from C.A. Johnson High School, Patrick enrolled at North Greenville University and after strong academic turnaround he earned an academic scholarship to Benedict College. He then enrolled in the MSW/MPH program at USC and completed an internship with the fatherhood program at the Sisters of Charity Foundation. He helped launch a statewide fatherhood initiative that is now part of the SC Center for Fathers and Family. After rising through the ranks, he took over management of the National Responsible Fatherhood Initiative in 2010. Patrick is also the President/Founder of Global Partners for Fathers & Families, an international consulting firm whose mission is to grow client services and funding through expert grant writing training, technical assistance, ‚Äčand the use of technology.

Patrick Patterson2The College of Social Work is pleased to announce a gift from Patrick to endow The Patterson/Woods Endowed Fellowship Fund. This fund will support students from underrepresented populations that are interested in social, community and economic development. Patrick stated during the announcement of his fellowship on April 24, 2015 that “the Patterson/Woods Fellowship is intentional so that long after we’re gone, we’ll still be here.” This gift will impact generations of College of Social Work students on their journey to make an impact like Patrick has. This fund also honors Patrick’s family and their impact on him and his life - “this isn’t about me, this is about what they have each done for me over the years.”

Patrick Patterson3The College of Social Work is grateful for Patrick and his willingness to keep Carolina’s promise to our student as we aim to increase support available to students through scholarships and fellowships. If you are interested in honoring someone’s legacy or starting your own legacy, you have the opportunity to become a part of the historic Carolina’s Promise campaign, which will raise at least $1 billion dollars to support students, research and programs at the University of South Carolina. We hope you will consider supporting the next generation of the College of Social Work students. For more information on supporting the College of Social Work, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Director of Development & Alumni Relations, at 803.777.3902.

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