Patrick Patterson

Patrick Patterson of Jonesboro is the first recipient of the Arkansas State University-Newport Noah Reeves Scholarship.

NEWPORT — Patrick Patterson of Jonesboro is the first recipient of the Arkansas State University-Newport Noah Reeves Scholarship.

The scholarship is an institutional scholarship designed to assist ASUN students who have faced adversity while trying to reach their academic goals.

Patterson is a 2013 graduate of Cabot High School and is pursuing an associate of science in business from ASU-Newport. He has big plans following his time at ASUN. “I plan to transfer to Arkansas State University to complete my bachelor of science in business administration,” Patterson said. “Once I have completed my bachelor’s, I plan to apply to the business administration graduate program.”

Patterson said he is honored to receive this scholarship in remembrance of Noah Reeves. Reeves was an ASU-Newport student who lost his battle with cancer in early 2020. Reeves was diagnosed with grade IV glioblastoma multiforme at age 17, a rare form of brain cancer not often found in children of his age.

While Reeves was only at ASUN for a short time, his determination and commitment to his education inspired many to never give up. To honor his spirit and bravery, ASUN created a scholarship in his name in hopes of keeping his memory alive and helping other students, just as he wished to do himself.

“This scholarship lightens the financial burden of going back to college and allows me to save for future tuition as I continue my education with Arkansas State University-Newport,” Patterson said. “Noah Reeves and his story of courage and strength has touched and helped many people during hard times. Being the first recipient of this scholarship is truly humbling and will serve as motivation while pursuing my degree. Furthermore, it will be a daily reminder to never give up and continue to overcome hardships that may come in life. I will strive every day to represent Noah’s family and his memory with the utmost respect they deserve.”

For more information about scholarship opportunities visit asun.edu/scholarships. If interested in supporting students through charitable donations, email Teriann Turner, advancement officer, at teriann _turner@asun.edu.