Basil Paterson Scholarship for
Please note that donations are payable to the 1199SEIU Home Care Industry Education Fund, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. All donations collected on this page will be credited to the Basil Paterson Scholarship Program. Donations are tax deductible to the extent permitted under the Internal Revenue Code.
Home care workers are the unsung heroes of the medical profession—a vital part of our communities helping keep families together. They care for the most vulnerable among us with compassion: our sick parents, our elderly grandparents and disabled children—assisting them with everything from dressing and meal preparation to eating and bathing.
Even those fortunate to be members of 1199SEIU—who enjoy the benefits the union provides them—struggle to earn a living wage while working long and unpredictable hours at tasks that are physically, mentally and emotionally challenging.
About Basil Paterson
Basil Paterson, for more than 60 years, devoted his life to public service and the welfare of workers. The Basil Paterson Scholarship pays tribute to Basil’s legacy and his unwavering support of 1199SEIU Home Care workers.
Basil understood that Home Care workers are not paid commensurate with the difficulty of their work and, in his words, “never got a chance when they started.”
Without the essential services provided every day by Home Care workers, many patients would no longer be able to live in the comfort and safety of their own homes.
Basil believed strongly in the educational scholarship that bears his name and felt that those who worked so hard to provide care to the most needy among us deserved the opportunity to realize their dreams.
He was immensely proud of the recipients it helps – recipients like Doreen Ankrah, a proud 2015 alumna of the Basil Paterson Scholarship Program.