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This year has confirmed for me that you can be in a place where you are grown and pushed BOTH spiritually and academically/professionally.

Matthew Wright

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  • Georgetown, LA

  • Engineering, Materials Joining Concentration

Matthew Wright, has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the American Welding Society, which he received for winning the welding competition hosted by the Department of Welding/Materials Joining Engineering and the LETU AWS Student Chapter.

We asked Matthew to share a bit of what drew him to LeTourneau in the first place, and what his experience has been like thus far: 

“When I was college searching, I looked up schools that had welding engineering programs. I realized I wanted more than just a welding degree – I wanted the full engineering bachelors degree. That narrowed down my list to three schools with a bachelors of engineering specifically concentrating in welding engineering. LeTourneau University had an impressive program, and it is also a Christian school. I really wanted college to be more than just academic growth. I wanted a place that would allow me – and assist me – in spiritual growth. During my first year here at LeTourneau, I have found the struggle that comes with academic growth. Though while I have been challenged in many ways, this year has confirmed for me that you can be in a place where you are grown and pushed both spiritually AND academically/professionally. I am already beginning to see this pay off. Due to a connection through a neighbor from home, I was able to apply and be accepted for an internship with Union Tank Car Company (UTLX) for this upcoming summer. “