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Patterson Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Scholarship
Deadline to apply: March 20, 2023 3:00 pm CT

Patterson Companies has established a scholarship program to assist students who plan to continue their education in college or vocational school programs and are pursuing a dental or veterinary medicine related field.

About Patterson Companies

Patterson Companies, Inc. is focused on providing the best products, technologies, services and business solutions to the animal and oral health markets. Our comprehensive portfolio, distribution network and supply chain are equaled only by our focused and passionate people. Our Purpose says it all: We Are Patterson. We strengthen the people who keep us and our animals healthy. Learn more at

The program is administered by Scholarship America®, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarships and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations, and individuals. Eligibility for individual programs is determined at the sole discretion of the sponsor, and eligible applications are reviewed by Scholarship America’s evaluation team.

Información del programa en español

Applicants to the Patterson Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Scholarship must:

  • Self-identify as:
    • American Indian or Alaska Native
    • Asian
    • Black or African American
    • Hispanic or Latino
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander
  • Be a high school senior, graduate or current college undergraduate
  • Plan to pursue a degree in a dental or veterinary medicine related field
  • Plan to enroll in full-time or half-time* in an undergraduate, associate, or certificate** study at an accredited two-or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school for the entire upcoming academic year/term. Students currently pursuing a graduate level degree are not eligible to apply.

*Half-time enrollment includes at least one or more courses with a minimum of 6 credit hours (or equivalent).

**Certification programs must be through an accredited institution and must run on a standard academic semester calendar. Certification programs must be a minimum of one semester in length.

Preference will given to students pursuing a certificate or associate degrees.

Employees and children of employees of Patterson Companies are ineligible.


If selected as a recipient, the student will receive a $2,000 award. Up to four (4) awards will be granted.

Awards are renewable up to three years or until a certificate or degree is earned, whichever occurs first, on the basis of satisfactory academic performance maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale, full-time or half-time enrollment and pursing the eligible major.

Awards are for undergraduate study only.


All applicants will be notified in April.

Payment of Scholarships

Scholarship America processes scholarship payments on behalf of Patterson Companies. Payment is made in early August.

Selection of Recipients

Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of:

  • Academic record
  • Demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities
  • Work experience
  • A statement of educational and career goals and objectives
  • Unusual personal or family circumstances
  • An online recommendation

Financial need, as calculated by Scholarship America, will be considered and recipients must be demonstrated need.

Selection of recipients is made by Scholarship America. In no instance does any officer or employee of Patterson Companies play a part in the selection. Not all applicants to the program will be selected as recipients.

As part of your application, you must upload the following:

  • A current, complete transcript of grades. Grade reports are not accepted. Transcripts must display student name, school name, grades and credit hours for each course and term in which each course was taken.

NOTE: If you are providing SAT or ACT test scores, and those scores are not listed on your high school transcript, you will need to upload a copy of your test score report(s) separately. If you are uploading a college transcript, those scores are not required.

One online recommendation form must be submitted on your behalf no later than March 23, 2023 3:00 pm Central Time. Note that this is later than the due date for the scholarship application, which is due on March 20th.

Your application is not complete unless all required materials are submitted electronically.

Patterson Companies has partnered with Scholarship America. Selecting the button below will redirect you to the Scholarship America Student Hub!