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Dr. Joseph L. Clark's Legacy is Alive & Continues

Dr. Joseph L. Clark's Legacy is Alive & Continues

Dr. Joseph L. Clark's Legacy is Alive & ContinuesDr. Joseph L. Clark's Legacy is Alive & ContinuesDr. Joseph L. Clark's Legacy is Alive & Continues

Please Support Paterson, NJ's Eastside High School Students Seeking Higher Education

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About Us


The Alumnus of Paterson, New Jersey's Eastside High School would like to invite you to support and sponsor scholarships for deserving graduating students of Eastside High School. 

The Lean on Me - Dr. Joseph L. Clark Legacy Scholarship Fund was birthed from his life and commitment to educate our children. 

The movie Lean on Me depicts, Mr. Clark’s career as an educator, along with his mission, and passion to teach, and to offer guidance to our children. 

Dr. Clark’s hope is that our children become productive and accomplished citizens of society. The mission of the Bat and Bullhorn carrying principal is still our mission today, to keep our children safe from harm and to GIVE them an environment that fosters learning, academic achievement to the fullest, and to curtail disadvantage.

Fundraising Mission


Our fundraising mission is to GIVE Thirty (30) scholarships to students in every graduating class of Eastside High School pursuing higher learning. 

We invite you, your organization/company to support, and to contribute to the financial need of Eastside High Schools graduating students. 

Your financial assistance will help to foster lifetime achievement, and to encourage the spirit of excellence to graduates. Let’s GIVE them “Someone to Lean On.”  

Dr. Pinky Miller Founder & President



Dr. Pinky Miller, a native of Paterson, New Jersey, was educated through the public school system, attending Public School #24 and the famed Paterson Eastside High School. Eastside was depicted in the 1989 movie Lean on Me, in which Morgan Freeman portrayed the controversial principal Mr. Joe Clark. Dr. Miller received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies, and her Masters of Arts degree in Counseling and School Guidance, from Montclair State University. In 2011, she received her Doctor of Philosophy degree from Georgia State University. 

Dr. Pinky Miller is an author and motivational speaker. In her authentic and enlightening book series Life after Lean on Me, she shares her life experiences and research by articulating the impact (good, bad, and indifferent) that Dr. Joe Clark made upon the students, teachers, and administration during his tenure at Eastside High School. She is also the Executive Producer of the forthcoming documentary Know Our Story which chronicles the successes and failures of Dr. Joe Clark’s kids, the real-life legacy of the bullhorn and the baseball bat. 

Robbyn Chapman Vice President - Finance


Tonya Ingram Vice President of Communication



L. Burns Vice President of Events / Research Development





The Lean on Me - Dr. Joseph L. Clark Scholarship Legacy Fundraiser has applied for non-profit status (EIN Number 83-4194323). Your contribution and donations are tax deductible due to fiscal sponsorship. 

All contributions will be acknowledged at the Lean on Me scholarship award ceremonies’ and featured in the event program.

JMC Ministries, Inc. (Fiscal Sponsor) of New Jersey is a recognized non-profit organization. As such, your donation is tax deductible under the amount permissible by law. Our Employer Identification Number is 81-3120552. The document locator number (DLN) is 260537210001076. 

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Pinky Miller at (404) 713-3895. 


Dr. Pinky Miller 

President, Lean on Me - Dr. Joseph L. Clark Legacy Fund