An estate and annuity gift totaling more than $370,000 from Velma M. Patterson (Miami '28) will supplement the previously established Velma M. Patterson McGuffey Scholarship, which supports education majors within Miami University’s School of Education, Health and Society.
Patterson, who died in April 2011, was a resident of Santa Barbara, Calif., where she worked the majority of her career as a principal accountant at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She was originally from Dayton and earned her bachelor’s in English literature from Miami and master’s degree in educational psychology from Ohio State University (1931).
Patterson created the Velma M. Patterson McGuffey Scholarship in 1991 as a merit-based scholarship supporting students interested in education and teaching. Her posthumous gift includes bequeathing a portion of her estate to Miami and designating the university as beneficiary to an investment annuity.
“Velma Patterson created an important legacy at Miami when she funded the Velma M. Patterson McGuffey Scholarship,” said Jayne Whitehead, senior director of gift planning at Miami. “Through her vision and generosity, her estate gift has grown that legacy and enabled her scholarship to have an even more profound impact on generations of Miami students and future educators.”
Patterson’s gift supports The Miami University campaign For Love and Honor which, as the university’s most successful fundraising campaign, has raised $456 million in support of Miami’s priorities.
Miami University’s office of gift planning provides professional guidance on the many gift planning options available to alumni and friends who are considering including Miami in their estate plans.