The Mathews Medal recognizes graduating seniors who have made NC State a better place. For Matt Traenkle, a Park Scholar, leadership will be a legacy. As co-chair of the Park Philanthropy Council, Matt helped raise $765,000 for the Park Scholars Program from alumni and students during the 2019 and 2020 NC State Day of Giving campaigns, inspiring a culture of giving. He managed one of NC State’s signature traditions, the Krispy Kreme Challenge, raising $175,000 for UNC Children’s Hospital. As vice president and engagement manager for NC State’s Consult Your Community, Matt helped select and manage diverse student teams to solve problems for local businesses. He’s served as an ambassador for the Parks Scholars and College of Engineering as well as philanthropy chair for Beta Theta Pi, a fraternity dedicated to mutual assistance, intellectual growth, trust, responsible conduct and integrity. “Matt has always worked towards not only living these values in his everyday life, but also leading with these values. His scholarly and service efforts are outstanding examples of his putting values into action,” said Mindy Sopher, his faculty academic advisor. Please see a video of Matt’s acknowledgment here.