Mount Ida College has named Ifeyinwa Okeke ’17 as the 2014 Dr. Carol J. Matteson Scholar. The scholarship was established to honor Dr. Matteson’s 10-year service to the College as President from 2000 to 2010. Matteson Scholars represent the standards of leadership, care and commitment to education and to Mount Ida that Dr. Matteson exemplified throughout her presidency.
Matteson Scholarship recipients are full-time undergraduates who have demonstrated leadership skills in the classroom and the campus community. Each Scholar is expected to achieve levels of academic excellence, leadership and community care for themselves and Mount Ida.
Ifeyinwa, a freshman dental hygiene major, was recognized for leadership on campus, at work and at home. She is currently training to become a peer mentor/educator and this summer, she will train to be a resident assistant.
In addition to her commitment to the Mount Ida community, Ifeyinwa spends time in her hometown community of Stoughton, Massachusetts developing programs for teenagers at the local public library.
“I have always gravitated towards leadership roles and found ways to take initiative and be a support system for people,” says Ifeyinwa.
Though a freshman, Ifeyinwa is thriving in her academic studies at Mount Ida due in large part to her love of science, the small residential college experience and the career-focused attributes of the dental hygiene program.
Ifeyinwa notes that receiving the Carol J. Matteson Scholarship will allow her to continue working towards her goal of a prospering career in the oral healthcare field.
After graduation from Mount Ida, Ifeyinwa plans on pursing a graduate degree in orthodontistry while continuing to serve others as a dedicated leader.