Matthew W. Madole Memorial Tuition Scholarship
Matt was only 3 years old when he rode his bike without training wheels. He was 7 when he got his first dirtbike. He won his first BMX National Competition at the age of 11. He won the Race of Champions in Tulsa OK at age 18. Matt spent his whole life pursuing his passion for extreme sports.
When Matt graduated from La Porte High School in June, 2010, he didn’t really know what he wanted to be when he grew up. We suggested attending the local community college just to take the basics, but Matt wasn’t satisfied with that. He contacted UTI on his own and started making plans to attend UTI’s Florida Campus.
Matt lived everyday to its fullest. Not a day went by that Matt wasn’t out on his bike perfecting his next trick. Riding was Matt’s passion and he loved sharing it with his friends. On August 3, 2010, Matt and some friends were riding the dirt jumps beside the Red River in Shreveport, Louisiana. Around dusk, the boys loaded their bikes into the truck and headed home. After Matt dropped one friend off, he agreed to give another friend a ride home. They never made it. At 11:25 p.m., the truck left the road and struck a tree, and burst into flames, killing both boys.
Matt was an inspiration and made a difference in the lives of all who knew him.