Alumni Profile: Matt Scogin ’02
Looking to the past, Matt Scogin views his time at Hope as a
time of great
“The Hope community places a lot of emphasis on growing spiritually
as academically, and I really appreciated the opportunities for
and faith development,” says Matt.
He advises students to use their time at Hope to develop their
whatever it is, with a sense of vocation and as a spiritual calling,
just as he did. “As a student, these opportunities for
Christian development helped me to think
about my time in college as much bigger
than just preparing for a career and instead
preparing my mind, heart and spirit
to be used by God in the world,” he says.
Beyond the opportunity to think deeply
about his choices, Matt appreciated the
way that the college offered him different
methods of learning by mixing classes
with beyond-the-books learning. “Hope is great because it
balances rigorous academics with many enriching outof-
classroom learning experiences,” says
Matt certainly took advantage of those
out-of-classroom experiences. During his
four years at Hope, he participated in Student Congress, Hope Republicans,
Fellowship of Christian Students, and
Nykerk, in addition to serving as a teaching
assistant in the department of political
science and several internships with the
Ottawa County Republican Party.
“You will meet people who
will be friends for life,” he
says to students. “So
take advantage of as much as you can during your four years at
squeeze as many extracurricular activities into your free time
as you can.”
In addition to all of his extracurricular activities, Matt worked
hard to earn his
bachelor’s degree in political science and economics. After
Hope, Matt pursued a challenging future. He attended graduate school
and now serves as the senior advisor for domestic finance at the
Treasury Department. Matt says that Hope prepared him very well.
“Hope’s excellent professors and academic rigor prepared
me for graduate
school at Harvard,” he says. “Other experiences, such
as the Washington Honors
Semester, helped me develop skills to excel in the professional
As he pursues his post-Hope career, Matt appreciates both the
skills and the
sense of purpose that his undergraduate years have helped provide.
“Today in the working world, I view my career as a spiritual
God. One doesn’t necessarily have to be a missionary to be
in missions, and I
see my secular work as having a spiritual purpose.”
This profile was written by Danielle K. Johnson, a 2008
Hope College graduate from Kalamazoo, Mich., for the 2008-09
Hope College Catalog.
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