Point Scholar 2006 – 2010
Matthew was born into a Mormon family and grew up in a predominantly LDS town in Utah. Facing conflict between Mormon religious ideology and his sexual orientation, Matt left the state to attend college at Emory University in Atlanta, GA, working to put himself through school. During and after college, he worked for a non-profit foundation that conducts HIV/AIDS research and development and medical research for other serious conditions. As a regular volunteer for a HIV/AIDS meal delivery service, Matt can attest to the impact of medical research. Working as a volunteer rowing coach for new college students, he was able to support the development of confidence and self-esteem among several gay athletes each year.
He graduated from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth in 2007, and eventually hopes to run a non-profit foundation aimed at stemming the spread of HIV/AIDS within populations who might not seek help from traditional sources. Matt remains very involved with Point Foundation following his graduation, helping grow the organization through outreach, fundraising, and alumni leadership.