Matthew Hudson is a non-traditional student with a physical disability working toward the completion of his Associate's degree at EFSC as an engaged student volunteer addressing numerous community needs. His contribution of over 600 hours of service and cumulative 4.0 GPA identify him as a candidate to graduate with the prestigious Citizen Scholar distinction. Matt serves as the President of the EFSC's Titusville campus Rotaract club, where he coordinates projects that address community needs that include poverty, hunger, disability awareness and outreach, and environmental conservation. Matt's contributions as a peer tutor and academic intern for the liberal arts department have inspired his fellow students to complete and present their independent research at both the state and national level. Additionally, Matt makes a lasting impact in the lives of students with disabilities through workshop presentations to both high school and college students. Drawing on his own experience of living with a disability, Matt promotes awareness of the devastating effects of bullying and exclusion on students with disabilities. Matt is currently engaged in writing a book on the topic in an effort to bring his message of strength and tolerance to a wider audience.
My involvement with service learning has allowed me to make a greater impact on the community around me. As the President of the Rotaract club, I am in the position not only to lead projects that help people in our community, but also to introduce other students to the benefits of service. Working closely with students as a peer tutor and academic intern has benefited my own research as well as creating a better campus culture. All of my volunteer work has supported my goal of writing a book about living with a disability and helping children deal with the struggles of being bullied. Through my involvement on campus and with the community, I hope to inspire others and change stereotypes. When I speak to young students, I can tell them that disabilities are not limitations and that everyone can have a positive impact on the world around them