The Patterson Club
The Patterson Club Scholarship Fund

Founded in 2012, The Patterson Club Scholarship Fund distributes meaningful awards to selected deserving employees, caddies, and dependents that clearly demonstrate a desire to further their post-secondary education, a commitment to the Patterson Club community, academic achievement, and financial need.  More than $110,000 has been granted to deserving students.

The 2023 Application is now closed.


 The Patterson Club Scholarship Fund 2022 Recipients 
Joaquin_Bianchi_AsstJoaquin Bianchi, Assistant Tennis Pro
Joaquin is a student at the University of Texas at Tyler working on his BBA in Marketing.

"First of all, I want to say that I’m extremely thankful to The Patterson Club and all its members for selecting me to receive this award. This scholarship is going to have a huge impact in my life since I’ve been struggling to afford school and thus, I was unsure if I could graduate on the estimated date. With the help of The Patterson Club, I will now be able to graduate on May 2023 and I couldn’t be happier about it. Working at The Patterson Club has been an amazing experience and I can’t wait to be back next summer." - Joaquin

Carter_BenjaminBenjamin Carter, Waitstaff
Ben is attending the University of Connecticut to pursue an undergraduate degree with an expected graduation in 2025. He is studying Water Resources within the Department of Natural Resources.

"The Patterson Club Scholarship Fund will have a significant impact by reducing the cost of my tuition. I want to send my greatest appreciation to the selection committee for this privilege. I also want to thank the food & beverage team, culinary team, and management for creating a productive and exciting working environment."  - Ben

Crawford_MaddyMaddy Crawford, Lifeguard
Maddy Crawford is a second-year undergrad student studying Mathematics and Psychology at Washington University in St. Louis. She is a member of both the Washington University Dance Theatre and Dance Collective and is an avid member of the Performing Arts Department on campus.

"My three years as a lifeguard and swim instructor at The Patterson Club has helped me to learn leadership and interpersonal skills. I would like to thank the Scholarship Committee and Patterson membership for their generosity, and my mom for her unwavering support." 
- Maddy


Jean-Pierre (JP) Delaugère, Waitstaff

JP is a senior at Western Connecticut State University, majoring in Biology with a planned graduation date of spring 2023. He will continue his education in graduate school studying for a Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.).

"The scholarship award eases the financial strain on myself and allows me to fully focus on my schoolwork. I am incredibly grateful for this award and thank the membership and The Patterson Club Scholarship Fund Committee for this lifechanging scholarship." - JP

Gjelaj_KatieKatie Gjelaj, Waitstaff
Katie is a sophomore at Northeastern University. She is majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance and Fintech and a minor in Economics. She will be graduating in May of 2025.

"I am grateful to the membership and The Patterson Club Scholarship Fund Committee for their generous financial support. Working as a server for several months this year was a great experience that I will always remember." - Katie

Kwait_Nathaniel_TNathaniel T. Kwait, Lifeguard
Nathaniel is a freshman at LeMoyne College with a major in Communications and a minor in Entrepreneurship. He is also an athlete participating in the Division II swim team. He has been working at The Patterson Club as a lifeguard for three seasons since starting in the summer of 2020.

"I am grateful for the opportunity given by The Patterson Club Scholarship Fund Committee to continue my education with a lessened financial burden. Through working, I have made friendships and meaningful connections with my coworkers. I am looking forward to working at Patterson this coming summer season." - Nathaniel

Oracheff_Avery_(2)Avery Oracheff
Avery attends the University of Virginia's McIntire School of Commerce studying Marketing and Finance with a track in Strategic Brand Consulting. She will work in consulting following a spring 2023 graduation.

"The Patterson Club Scholarship eases the financial strain on my family, affording me the opportunity to attend my dream school. I am so grateful to be at UVA, where I am constantly surrounded by people who push me to be the best version of myself." - Avery

Grounds & Facilities - Avery's dad, Mike, is the Facilities Superintendent

Peter_TavellaPeter Tavella, Caddie
Peter attends Keiser University in West Palm Beach in pursuit of a bachelor's degree in Golf Management.

"My family and I would like to thank The Patterson Club for supporting my career goal to work in the golf industry. I am honored to be selected and grateful for the generosity of the Club membership in creating a scholarship for students like me.

My work at Patterson has opened many doors for me, including an opportunity to caddie at several Pro-Am tournaments. I am looking forward to another successful summer at The Patterson Club." 
- Peter

Samantha_Yepes_(2)Samantha Yepes, Pool Director & Junior Events
Samantha attends the University of Bridgeport and will graduate with a bachelor's degree in Business in the spring of 2024.

"This is the second year I have been a recipient of The Patterson Club Scholarship Fund and to say that I am grateful would be a huge understatement. This scholarship has changed my life. If I had not been awarded it, I would not be able to continue my studies full-time.

I am in the process of becoming the best version of myself. Working at The Patterson Club daily, I can take the lessons from school that week and apply them directly to my job. I am learning how to balance work and school and becoming the best manager to the summer staff that I can be. I get to encourage them on their journey because I am right there alongside of them. Thank you to the Fairfield County Community Foundation, The Patterson Club Scholarship Fund Committee, the membership, and my work family, who encourage and support me every day." 
- Samantha

The 2021 Scholarship Recipients

Mathias_Degardin_(2)Mathias Degardin, Racquets Pro
Mathias is originally from Lyon, France who moved to the US in 2014 for higher education. He played NCAA Division II tennis at the University of South Carolina Aiken where he graduated in 2018 with a Marketing Degree. He earned a Master of Business Administration in 2020 from Queens University of Charlotte where he also played on the tennis team. Currently, Mathias is enrolled at Manhattanville College pursuing a Master of Science in Sports Business and Entertainment Management with an anticipated graduation in Spring 2022. My goal career is to become a Director of Racquets in a country club or tennis club. The scholarship will help me finance my MS in Sports Business and Entertainment Management and will help me down the road to obtain a directorship position as my education is directly related to managing a sports business.

Carter_GallatiCarter P. Gallati - Head Lifeguard
Carter is a senior at the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a double major in Linguistics and Anthropology and a minor in German. After graduation this spring, he hopes to enter graduate school and eventually complete a PhD in experimental semantics. The Patterson Club Scholarship helped tremendously with paying for tuition this year, especially with the added struggle of the Covid-19 pandemic. Carter would like to thank the Scholarship Committee, his ever-encouraging parents, and everyone at the Patterson Pool.
Oracheff_Avery_(2)Avery Oracheff, Grounds Office Assistant
Avery attends the University of Virginia's McIntire School of Commerce studying Marketing and Management with a track in Strategic Brand Consulting. She hopes to pursue a career in brand strategy. The Patterson Club Scholarship eases the financial strain on my family, affording me the opportunity to attend my dream school. I am grateful to be at UVA every day and still have to pinch myself when I walk into class.   
Peter_TavellaPeter Tavella, Caddy
Peter is attending Keiser University in West Palm Beach studying for a bachelor's degree in Golf Management. This year's scholarship is meaningful to Peter and his family because it allows him to continue to pursue a successful career in the golf industry. His passion for golf took root on his first day of Caddy Training at The Patterson Club at age 14. Peter credits his work at the Club in developing his understanding of the game and his communication skills.

Samantha_Yepes_(2)Samantha Yepes, Pool Director
Samantha Yepes started her Patterson employment 5 years ago as the Panther Camp Swim Instructor and has now worked her way up to be the Pool Director. During the fall & winter season Samantha is the Junior Events Coordinator and does some Banquet and A La Carte serving. It was in her very diverse role where she discovered her true passion, people. Samantha loves a family-oriented work environment. This is where she can be her most successful self. In thinking how she could turn her passion for people into a career she found "Organizational Leadership" over at the University of Bridgeport (both conveniently 15 minutes from home and from The Patterson Club) and she started asking about the possibility of going back to school. School is a very big investment and Samantha would not be able to attend school if not with the help of this Scholarship. She thanks the committee for this life changing opportunity. 

Past Recipients


Luke Connor 

Luke returned this past summer for his second season at the Pool Snack Bar. He is currently a Sophomore at the The University of Pittsburgh majoring in Psychology/Pre Med. Luke is honored and grateful for the scholarship that will lighten his financial burden and focus on his studies and involvement in medical research.


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This award is incredibly important to Khearwoot who worked hard from the start and is thankful he was recognized. He did his best to run the half way house smoothly for our members and their guests for two seasons. 


Josue Martinez 

Josue has 4 seasons of experience in F&B department and has shown much growth in his skillset. He will be majoring in Computer Science and Engineering at Norwalk Community College in hopes to transfer in the future. This award means a great deal to him and his mother who he described as a strong single mother who is excited about this opportunity for her son.



Erin O'Donell  

Erin spent 3 years working at The Patterson Club as a Camp Counselor making the summer camp enjoyable for all the children that participate. She feels that being a recipient of this reward confirms the belief that if she puts in the effort she can achieve any objectives while having a positive impact on people’s lives. Erin is a freshman at John Carroll University and she's thankful for this generous financial support. It will allow her to continue her studies and focus on her future.



Marc Orlin 

Marc has been a Caddy for four years and worked a year in the bag room. In his time at the club he developed professional skills such as teamwork, communication, leadership and responsibility. Marc is a Junior at Syracuse University studying sport management. He is honored and humbled to receive 

this award and says those 5am alarms were worth it.

Image-33Henry Schott

Henry was part of the grounds team over the summer. He is working towards a double major in criminal justice and media communications at Johnson & Wales University. This scholarship will allow for Henry to finish his final year with greater ease. He is thankful for the opportunity to represent The Patterson Club well.