The Mathews Medal honors graduating seniors who have made significant contributions to NC State University during their tenure as undergraduate students.

Modeled after the Watauga Medal, the Mathews Medal is the highest non-academic distinction awarded to students who serve their University.

The Mathews Medal was created and is administered by the Alumni Association Student Ambassador Program.

The award is named for Walter J. Mathews, the first student enrolled at the North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts in 1889. It recognizes seniors who have built a campus legacy based on leadership and service to their alma mater. Walter Mathews continued his involvement with the university as an active alumnus, and this award encourages the student leader recipients to envision themselves as alumni leaders of the future.

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