“You see things; and you say ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say ‘Why not?’”
-George Bernard Shaw
"For the student with the brightest entreprenuerial spirit...
During his junior year in high school, young, seventeen year old entrepreneur William A. Pattiz, founded his first company,
KEPAT Design LLC. The company specialized in web design but also performed jobs for other businesses in the areas of
graphic design, video production, virtual tours and more. In his senior year of high school Pattiz redesigned his high
school’s website. He then moved on to the University of Georgia where he started his second business, The Otter Bay
Company. The Otter Bay Company is an apparel company working to provide the world with clothing that conveys class,
elegance, and success, to wear everywhere for everything. The company specializes in knit shirts but provides several
other clothing options. As a result of the company’s rapid success, Pattiz and the Otter Bay Company were able to
create The Otter Bay Merit Scholarship.
...and tremendous character."
Joan Pattiz is, and always has been, one to display tremendous character. She is the kind of person that gives to, helps, and loves people unconditionally, with no concern as to any recognition she may or may not receive for doing so. Joan doesn't do for recognition, she gives because that's who she is, what she believes in, and because she has a great heart. For twelve years she put two of her grandsons through The Heritage School. It was not until after they graduated that either of the two boys found out about this, and it was not Joan who enlightened them. If someone needed advice on life decisions, Joan was there. She treated every family member, friend, and stranger with the dignity and enthusiasm one might only reserve for family, because to Joan, everyone was family. She has given, and continues to give her hard earned money and time to a multitude of charitable organizations because she believes in their cause. Her compassion for humanity is very apparent to those close to her and shines in all of her tremendous, good-samaritan, works.
Long live the Entreprenuerial Spirit.
The Otter Bay Scholarship Program was created to inspire young men and women to become entrepreneurs and to
recognize those who already are. The award will be given to the high school student who demonstrates the brightest
entrepreneurial spirit. Criteria for the award consists of, but is not limited to, the application students may fill out, starting their own business, having the desire and will in order to start your own business, outstanding extra-curricular activities and achievements, as well as success in the workplace. Each year the winner will receive an article of Otter Bay clothing, the Wooden Otter Trophy, their name on a plaque to be displayed at their school next to past and future winners, and a $500 check to be used however they may choose.
Applications will be given to participating schools in order that they may be available to students. Applications are available on this page. You may download the PDF and mail it to the address provided, submit your application online, or turn one into your participating school. These applications ask basic information, such as name, extra-curricular involvement, achievements outside of the classroom, GPA, as well as an essay. Because young entrepreneurs may not make time to complete an application, The Otter Bay Company may select a worthy student who has come to their attention through channels besides the application. While applying for the award does greatly improves your odds at winning, you are not required to apply in order to be chosen as our recipient of the scholarship, and we may choose someone outside of the applicant pool.