Matthew Wallace


Matthew Wallace was born on August 6, 1996. He is the middle of three children: his sister Hailey and brother Mark. As a child Matthew exhibited nothing but happiness and joy. As a teenager, his charm could melt glaciers and he became known for his quirky sense of humor. However, his moral compass and religious dedication grew even stronger as he became a young man.

Matthew attended St. Barnabas School from PreK3 to 8th grade. Matty attained numerous academic awards, certificates and science fair commendations. Matty became a Cub Scout at the age of 4 and earned numerous badges and awards. Prior to his ascension to the Boy Scouts, he was awarded the highest Cub Scout honor: the Arrow of Light award. As a Boy Scout, he achieved and received one of the most prestigious religious awards by the Boy Scouts of America: the Ad Altare Dei, which was presented by Cardinal Timothy Dolan at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

Matthew enjoyed playing sports and at the age of 4 joined the All Yonkers Soccer League and the Wood-lean Boys and Girls Club where he played basketball and later baseball, and East Yonkers Baseball. At the age of 7, Matthew became an Eastchester Blue Devil. These teams and experiences helped Matthew foster his sense of identity as a dedicated and driven athlete. Matthew learned the importance of camaraderie and would continue to display unprecedented loyalty and dedication to his teammates for the rest of his athletic career. He also performed strongly as an equestrian champion from the age of 5 and a junior golfer with the First Tee program at the age of 6. At age 13 he graduated from St. Barnabas School and advanced to Mount Saint Michael Academy.

At the Mount, Matthew continued to excel in both academics and athletics. He strove to become an exceptional student and was named Captain of the football team as well as Captain of the lacrosse team. Always seeking a challenge, Matthew became enamored with lacrosse and proved to be a remarkable player. Matthew also exhibited a keen interest in politics and was able to offer informed, constructive commentary on world events and history. He was looking forward to college and was being recruited to play D1 lacrosse programs.

Matthew will forever be cherished and loved by his family, friends, community and all that knew him.

— Jeni Wallace —


The Matthew foundation is a national, not-for-profit 501(C)(3) charity organization founded in 2014 as a living Memorial to perpetuate the memory and philosophy of Matthew through education and community programs. The foundation’s goal is to award 22 scholarships annually to students who are as dynamic as Matthew and exhibits the following traits: humility, courage, camaraderie, community service, and humanitarian interest. The quantity and amount of grants rewarded annually is based on donations to the foundation. As Matthew believed that grades were not a true barometer of ones potential, grades will not weigh in the grantees’ selection process.


St. Barnabas Elementary School

  • Jasmine Lall – Class of ‘19
  • George Gjinaj – Class of  ‘21

Mount Saint Michael High School

  • Derico Davis Jr. – Class of ‘20
  • Gianni Caban – Class of ‘16


St. Barnabas Elementary School

  • Kristie Nolan – Class of  ‘18
  • Ariel Smith – Class of  ‘18

Mount Saint Michael High School

  • Isaiah Johnson – Class of ‘20
  • Trew Dixon – Class of ‘20

Matt was, and still is, a big part of my life. I would see him 5-6 times every week because of school and the sports we played together. Sometimes, I would see him 7 times a week because we lived so close to one another and our families were good friends. When you see someone so often, it is easy to get to know the good and the bad sides of them, but Matt didn’t have a bad side. I cannot think of a time when we wasn’t laughing or smiling. I can’t think of a time when he was in a bad mood. He was the kind of person that could lighten the mood in any situation, and he was always the person to make everyone around him happy…

— Nolan Burgos —


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…Matt spread more love and joy then many do in a lifetime. Rather then sob and wonder why our dear Matthew was taken from us so soon, I thank God that I was lucky enough to be his friend for 14 years. Matt has inspired me to always look on the bright side of things, and never take anyone or anything fore granted, because life really is too short.

— Joe Goff —



Candidates must:

  • A student in the New York area
  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Have at least a C average
  • Certify financial need
  • Submit a completed application including a personal statement

Scholarship Awards

The number and amount of the awards will be determined annually prior to the fall semester but will in no event exceed the costs of tuition.  Awards will be paid to the educational institution prior to the beginning of the fall semester.

How to Apply

Click here for a 2017-2018 application

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Completed applications should be mailed to:

The Matthew Wallace Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box to come

DEADLINE:  Completed applications must be postmarked by March 29th of each year.

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Foundation Events


MARCH 29TH, 2017 – Essays and applications due for 2017 The Matthew Wallace Scholarship.

APRIL 29Th, SATURDAY – Matthew Wallace Foundation Fundraiser: Designer Handbag BINGO

JUNE 11Th, SUNDAY – 4TH Annual 5k Walk to benefit The Matthew Wallace Scholarship Fund

  • Tibbetts Brook Park, Yonkers
  • Registration begins at 9:00 a.m.
  • The walk begins at 10:00 a.m.

AUGUST 6TH, SUNDAY – Matthew Wallace’s Birthday

AUGUST 12TH, SATURDAY – 3rd Annual Softball Game to benefit The Matthew Wallace Scholarship Fund

  • Indian Field, Van Cortlandt Park, the Bronx
  • Games begin at 1:00 p.m.

NOVEMBER 17TH, 2017 (Friday) – The Matthew Wallace Foundation Fundraiser with Westhab

The Fairways at Dunwoodie, 5:00 – 10:00

In partnership with Westhab, the goal is to raise funds to purchase school materials for the homeless children of Yonkers for the 2018 school year and also to benefit The Matthew Wallace Scholarship Fund.

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MARCH 3RD, Saturday – Pocket Bingo at Mount Saint Michael

MARCH 29TH, 2018 – Essays and applications due for 2018 The Matthew Wallace Scholarship.

JUNE – 5th Annual Memorial 5k Walk to benefit The Matthew Wallace Scholarship Fund

AUGUST – 4th Annual Memorial Softball Game to benefit The Matthew Wallace Scholarship Fund

Please share these events via Facebook and Twitter for an outstanding showing. And remember, 100% of the funds raised are dedicated to The Matthew Wallace Scholarship Fund. Previous recipients are listed in the MISSION section of the website.

Thank you for your continued support and love!

The Matthew Wallace Foundation

Matthew Wallace Programs

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