The Sons of Italy Foundation is the philanthropic branch of the Order Sons of Italy in America. It awards scholarships to high school, undergraduate, and graduate students of Italian decent across America for their academic and extracurricular achievements.
Matthew was chosen from a pool of about 700 applicants of Italian heritage based on his grade-point average, standardized test scores, and extracurricular commitments, which include journalism, student government, music, and tutoring.
He will attend the 23rd annual National Education & Leadership Awards Gala at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, May 25, where Italian American government and corporate leaders will recognize the recipients for their accomplishments. The award includes a scholarship, but the amount isn't disclosed until after the awards ceremony.