Thomas Patterson has been named the 2015 recipient of White Rock Rowing’s Mullen Scholarships for his commitment, success and leadership as a junior athlete. Patterson is the fifth recipient of the annual scholarship program initiated in 2013 in honor of John and Anne Mullen.
Patterson, who heads to University of Delaware in the fall as a mechanical engineering major and member of the school’s successful rowing team, is a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School. He rowed with White Rock Rowing throughout high school, and has won numerous medals with the team. He’s an excellent oarsman, a leader and role model for all his teammates, inspiring them with his commitment to year round training and success on the water.
During the past four years, Tommy has medaled (gold) in the Men’s Varsity 8+ at Texas Rowing Championships. Between 2012-2015 Tommy won bronze in the Men’s 8+ and 4+ at Central Youth Regional Championships (CYRC), bronze in the Men’s Youth 2X at CYRC, gold in the Men’s 1X at the OKC Invitational Regatta, and made the finals this year in the Men’s 1x at CYRC, to highlight a few.
As recipients of the Anne and John Mullen scholarships, Patterson received $1,000 toward his college education. John Mullen, considered a founding father of Dallas rowing, began organizing collegiate regattas on White Rock Lake in the 1980s and had the vision to bring club and regular rowing back to its waters. He was instrumental in developing both White Rock Boathouse, Inc., and the Dallas Rowing Club on Bachman Lake. Through rowing, he has provided Dallas youth the opportunity to experience teamwork, commitment, responsibility, competition and the pursuit of excellence - qualities recognized by the Mullen Scholarships.
About White Rock Rowing
White Rock Rowing is dedicated to the development of putting oars and opportunities in the hands of youth and adaptive rowers by providing coaching, financial aid, and college scholarships to those who might not otherwise have the opportunity to row. We offer a variety of rowing opportunities for middle school, high school, masters, adaptive and fitness for rowers and non-rowers alike. We have the first adaptive rowing program in North Texas, and offer the only certified medical and technical classifiers for the assessment and assignment of competition class for adaptive rowers.
Rowing camps for Middle and High School students are open for registration, check our website at whiterockrowing.org.