Sullivan Leadership Award

Matthew Chesnut

About Matthew Chesnut

Matthew Chesnut graduated from Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose, CA. He was student body president and fulfilled his campaign goal to move his school towards “sweatshop free” by promoting non-sweatshop apparel to the athletic department and the campus store. Matt was a journalist for the year book, member of the Gay-Straight Alliance and served on the Sustainability leadership team, monitoring its Facebook page. He taught English to refugees, delivered groceries to the elderly poor and coached Little League and a Special Olympics basketball team. Matt Joined service-learning trips to El Salvador and Mexico and served as a delegate to the Ignatian Family Teach-in for Justice in Washington, DC.

SU Experience

Matthew is pursuing a dual degree in Economics and International Studies at Seattle University. Last spring, he was one of the leaders of the AGAPE retreat, a retreat for juniors and seniors centered around the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. In the Summer of 2014, he received the Shinnyo-en Summer Fellowship which allowed him to spend the summer working at the Downtown Emergency Service Center (DESC), an organization that combats homelessness in Seattle. He helped run the household items drive for residents moving into permanent housing and co-organized Seattle University’s day of service for new students—Serve Seattle. In the 2013-14 school year, Matt received a Boren Scholarship to study Swahili in Tanzania and Kenya.

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Matt Chestnut


San Jose, CA

High School:
Bellarmine College Preparatory

International Studies and Economics