TOWSON, Md. (AP) — Author James Patterson will be giving scholarships to a handful of students at Towson University who plan to be teachers.

The school announced this week that Patterson will provide eight scholarships of $6,000 to incoming freshmen who want to be teachers.

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The inaugural Towson University James Patterson Scholars will be chosen this fall. Recipients will have to show a strong academic record in high school, have a financial need and plan to be education majors with a focus on developing reading skills. Patterson intends to continue to fund their studies as long as the recipients meet Towson’s standards and stay on the teaching track.

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Patterson, whose mother was a teacher, has established education scholarships at more than a dozen schools, according to his website.

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