Mathew Lane graduated from Mariner High School in Everett, WA, as the associated student body president and valedictorian. Mathew also served as president of his school’s national honor society and peer mediation program, as a state officer for Washington DECA, and ran varsity track and cross-country. In his community, Mathew served on three different councils within United Way of Snohomish County and volunteered regularly at his church and local schools.
- Debate Team
- Orientation Advisor
- New Student Retreat Leader
- Providence Hospitality House
- Children’s Literacy Project
- Treehouse Tutoring Corps
- PHEED (People Helping End Eating Disorders) Co-Founder
- CCC (Contemplative Contemporary Catholics) Co-Founder
- Learning Center Tutor: Economics, Statistics, Mathematics
On Service …
The largest consolation that I found at Seattle University upon arrival here in the fall of my freshman year was the expansive opportunities for service on campus and in the community. Throughout the majority of my life I have been serving others in a variety of ways, which has been significantly enhanced during my time at Seattle University. The university is extremely well connected to combating injustice through service, something I found to be a great way to become involved at SU while also doing something away from campus, because most opportunities took me blocks away.
The Sullivan community was the most supportive environment for me to explore service opportunities and identify what I wanted to invest my time into. Every scholar has done service at some capacity during his or her time at Seattle U. As an incoming freshman, the community all shared their experiences, which opened my eyes to the possibilities that the Seattle community had to offer. Through conversations I had with other Scholars, I was able to get plugged into three different service opportunities during my first year at SU and received the “Spirit of Community” award for my involvement with community partners.
Mother Theresa says “It is not a blessing that we may serve, but it is a blessing that we may take so much joy out of our service.” I strongly resonate with this quote, as do most of the scholars. I feel alive when I am working with fantastic people. One of the largest blessings of this scholarship is that we not only have the encouragement from the community to serve, but that we have the financial ability to spend hours each volunteering instead of holding down a job because of the burden that tuition has on college students. Service is a powerful component in my life, which has been strengthened through the scholarship and this wonderful community.