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Scholarships Provide UD Student with Global Opportunities
Matt Watters, a UD senior, has positively impacted the lives of hundreds of people on two continents – accomplishments made possible by his talent, his enthusiasm, and the generosity of others. Scholarship support has defined Matt’s UD experience, and will continue to do so after he graduates. Matt recently was selected from more than 300 American college and university students to receive a Rhodes scholarship, one of the most prestigious scholarships in the world.
In addition to being a Rhodes Scholar, Matt is a recipient of a David A. Plastino Scholars Award, established in 2007 by Dave Plastino’78 AS, which gives UD students an opportunity to conduct self-designed, off-campus, transformational learning experiences. Matt received one of these prestigious awards and followed his passion for improving health care in the third world to southern Sudan. There, he trained medical staff in two hospitals on how to prevent infection and made a difference in the hospitals’ day-to-day operations.
Plastino became acquainted with Matt after he received the Plastino Scholarship and was impressed by his passion and determination. Plastino noted that one of the reasons that UD competes so well with other colleges and universities is the constant support it receives from alumni, friends, and parents. “Their generosity, year after year, keeps our quality high and our tuition low,” he said.
Matt’s rewarding experience helping to improve health care in Sudan inspired him to get involved in helping the residents of another country—Haiti—after the country’s 2010 earthquake. Moved by his volunteer experience as an emergency medical technician and determined to help more Haitians, Matt founded Students for Haiti, a UD organization whose mission is to provide the Haitian people with access to sustainable health care. So far, his organization has raised $50,000 toward rebuilding two hospitals that were destroyed. The opportunities that lie ahead of him through the Rhodes Scholarship will enable him to continue his humanitarian efforts.
Matt was initially shocked to be named a Rhodes Scholar, but said he became filled with gratitude for all the people who helped him along the way. “This dream is only reality because of them,” he told us.
You can help other students make a difference in the lives of others by supporting scholarship opportunities. Please make a gift today.