Judge Timothy J. and Carole A. Patterson Scholarship Established at Southeast


History-Steve HoffmanCAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., April 1, 2015 – The Judge Timothy J. and Carole A. Patterson Scholarship has been established through the Southeast Missouri University Foundation.

The Honorable Timothy J. Patterson of Hillsboro, Missouri, made a $10,000 gift to establish the scholarship. His gift was matched with an additional $10,000 match through a University matching gift program.

The matching gift program is part of the Honoring Tradition – Inspiring Success Comprehensive Campaign through the Southeast Missouri University Foundation. This program allowed donors to make a minimum commitment of $5,000 to a maximum commitment of $10,000 through donation or pledge by March 1, 2014, that qualified for a $1-for-$1 match.

The renewable Judge Timothy J. and Carole A. Patterson Scholarship will be awarded to a Southeast student. Recipients must have a minimum 3.0 grade point average. First preference will be given to an incoming freshman who is a graduate from St. Pius X High School in Festus, Missouri, with a major in the Department of History (social science, historic preservation, social studies or history).

Patterson is a 1963 graduate of Southeast Missouri State College with a double major in history and social science. Following graduation, he taught world history, economics, contemporary issues and sociology at Hillsboro High School in Hillsboro, Missouri.  He served four years in the U.S. Air Force and completed his Juris Doctorate at the University of Missouri in Kansas City in 1972.

Professionally, Patterson has served as chief auditor and counsel for the Jackson County Probate Court and as first assistant prosecuting attorney in Jefferson County in Missouri. He was elected prosecuting attorney of Jefferson County in 1974. Patterson practiced law with the Anderson, Brooking, Hammon and Dieffenbach Law Firm in Hillsboro, Missouri, from 1979 to 1982 when he was elected circuit judge for the 23rd Judicial Circuit in 1983, serving for 24 years on the bench.

He served as presiding judge of the 23rd Judicial Circuit for six years and was president of the Missouri Circuit Judges Association. In retirement, he served seven years on the Board of Directors for Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Crystal City, Missouri. Following the sale of the hospital to Mercy, Patterson is serving on the Jefferson Memorial Community Foundation, a charitable foundation in Jefferson County.

His late wife, Carole Patterson, was a graduate of Arkansas State Polytechnic College in Conway, Arkansas, and received a master’s degree from Arkansas State University.  During her teaching career in Missouri she took several courses at Southeast Missouri State University.  She taught in the Hillsboro School District for 26 years, including the education of the gifted in the primary school.

For additional information, please contact the Southeast Missouri University Foundation at (573) 651-2203 or foundation@semo.edu.