Matthew Sweeney First Jasper to Receive Udall Foundation Honorable Mention

Matthew L. Sweeney ’21, a civil engineering major, is the first Manhattan College student to receive a prestigious honorable mention from the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation.

Matthew Sweeney smiling and wearing a green jersey.The Udall Foundation through the scholarship program promotes “scholarship and excellence in national environmental policy.”

The program recognizes sophomore and junior college students across the United States for “leadership, public service, and commitment to issues related to Native American nations or to the environment.” It awards 50 scholarships and 54 honorable mentions around the nation annually.

Vice president of the College’s chapter of New York Water Environment Association (NYWEA), Sweeney, an environmental engineering minor, leads the College’s environmental engineering club. As part of the NYWEA, he has been researching the urban water quality in Van Cortlandt Park. In February, he was awarded the NYWEA’s Outstanding Student Service Award at its 92nd annual conference.

Sweeney also started the Jasper Environmental Coalition on campus and is chair of the Neighborhood Relations Committee for Student Government. He hosts the weekly “Stoop Talk” on WRCM, which discusses community issues with local leaders, students and professors. He was recently inducted into the College’s prestigious Pen and Sword Society.

Matthew Sweeney has demonstrated his commitment to environmental issues and has great promise to become a leader in the future of environmental engineering. His honorary mention by the prestigious Udall Foundation is evidence of his past achievements, current commitment and future potential to break barriers in environmental issues. He is the first student at Manhattan College to be recognized by Udall and an inspiration to all of us.

Br. Dan Gardner, FSC