By his enthusiastic engagement in the mission of Fairfield Prep, Matthew Marsden '22 has been awarded the Phillip A. Lauria Scholarship. Through the generosity of the Lauria Family and in the name of Phillip (Phil) A. Lauria of the Prep Class of 2005, this scholarship was established in Phil’s memory. Phil was a true “Man for Others" who lived and learned with integrity, ethics, kindness, religious values and respect for others, as Matt has in his Prep years.
Matt Marsden has been an extraordinary student and a distinguished school and community leader during his four years at Fairfield Prep. He has received summa cum laude honors for all four years while taking the strongest course of study offered including six AP courses in senior year. Many recognitions highlight Matt’s scholarship including Commendation by the National Merit Scholarship program, National Honor Society, SCC Scholar Leader and the Harvard Book Award.
In Prep’s Campus Ministry program, Matt served first as a leader, and then Co-Director of the annual Freshman Retreat, with 300 participants and leaders. He also served as Co-Chairman of the Environmental Club and provided peer tutoring through the NHS and the Spanish Honor Society. Matt served as tour guide and assisted at school events like the Open House, and was a frequent featured speaker. Outside Prep, Matt volunteered with Fairfield Connections at the YMCA, and the Great Futures Mentoring program at McKinley School, sponsored by Wakeman Boys & Girls Club. Matt played on the Varsity Tennis Team and was twice elected captain. At graduation, Matt received the prestigious Jesuit Schools Network Award as a young man who has distinguished himself as well rounded and committed to doing justice in generous service to God. Matt lives in Fairfield and is a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish. He will attend the University of Virginia in the fall.
Photo info from left to right: Robert and Kathryn Marsden, Matthew Marsden '22 and Phil and Elaine Lauria
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