At school Matthew was described as highly valued for his exemplary behaviour and attitude. In addition, his grades were also exemplary. In his Yr 11 he came first in Economics, 3rd in Latin and passed NCEA Level 1 with an Excellence endorsement. In Yr 12 he took the International Cambridge exams for English and Mathematics and studied 4 other subjects.
Matthew's character and academic abilities made him a great role model and he took chances to develop his leadership potential by organising and leading activities around the school. Matthew also exercised his leadership skills outside of school when he played with the Morningside Football team as Captain. He held this position as Captain over the past 6 years.
Northland Regional Council said of him, "Matthew was polite, respectful and well-presented and has clearly performed well at school. He was clearly enthusiastic about science. We think that NRC and Matthew will both mutually benefit from this scholarship and NRC is proud to be involved with Matthew's future.
This impressive young man is committed to making a pathway to his dream career. During his school holidays Matthew worked a part time job to save for his future studies. Matthew openly stated, "a First Foundation Scholarship would mean the world to me."
Matthew is currently studying at the University of Auckland for a Bachelor of Technology - Medical Physics and Imaging Technology and winning various physics awards. He is also employed by the University as a research assistant in the Physics department and is involved in a research which involves attending symposiums, publishing papers and presenting.
Matthew will finish his degree at the end of 2017 and has a few options to consider for his future. These include Hospital Physics , PHD or Medicine.