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Matthew Wood

Matthew Wood
Engineering Science Transfer

Matthew Wood

Engineering Science Transfer

Scholarships have made a world of difference for Navy Veteran Matthew Wood. Studying to become a mechanical engineer at NSCC has challenged Matthew's ability to balance college, work, raising a family and paying for his education. But thanks to grants and generous scholarships such as the Marie C. Riley Memorial Scholarship and a North Shore Technology Council scholarship which supports students in science, technology, engineering and math fields, Matthew is achieving his dream of making a better life for himself and his family.

Growing up in a poor, but loving, family in Tennessee, Matthew couldn't wait to go out into the world to make something of himself. So after high school he enlisted in the Navy and volunteered for submarine service. He worked hard and it paid off. He graduated at the top of his class and had many home port destinations to choose from. He excitedly selected Pearl Harbor, only to learn that his ship was dry docked in Kittery, ME. While disappointing, as fate would have it, Matthew met his wife there and completed two deployments. However he soon realized he didn't want to spend the rest of his life on a submarine, or try to raise a family while being out to sea for long periods of time. So he left the Navy behind and moved to Boston with his wife to start a family.

Working as a Manager at the Lynn U-Haul and raising a young family brought back memories of how much his parents had to struggle and work long hours to get by. "I didn't want my children to have the same experience, so I quit my job and began college at NSCC. "It hasn't been easy, but I know I made the right choice. After giving up my job, my family's finances have been very tight and that is why we are so grateful for the scholarships, which have allowed me to focus on school and reduced my need for loans.






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