Matt Severson

Matt Severson

Founder


The School Fund

Palo Alto, CA USA


Education is more than just sitting at a desk and learning what the teacher's saying-it's how you live life, it's your whole set of experiences.

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Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
After he graduated from high school, he took a trip to Tanzania.
There, he met a young man who dreamed of becoming Tanzania's president, but couldn't afford high school.
He had a huge epiphany and realized that in the U.S., we take going to school and college for granted.
As a result of that interaction, Matt started The School Fund, which helps connect donors with students in third-world countries.
In 2010, he was granted an Outstanding Commitment Award grant from the Clinton Global Initiative University.
He was hired by Google to work on their new business development team.
Says the great thing about being a young person is that you can jump into anything without worrying about roadblocks down the line.
Urges road-trippers to figure out what they're passionate about, and then to just dive right in.
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Education

High School
Bachelor
Environmental Design/Architecture
Brown University

Career

Founder

I run a non-profit raising scholarship money for secondary school students in the developing world.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Education
Non-Profit Organizations
Helping People

Day to Day

I do partnerships for some of Google's earliest-stage products and initiatives and I also serve as Chair of the Board for The School Fund, an international nonprofit raising scholarship money for secondary school students in the developing world.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

As young people, we don't always see the road blocks or potential problems that can occur. Staying optimistic and idealistic is a huge advantage especially when embarking down an unfamiliar path.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

My path was winding, and that's ok. Look for people who can teach you new things and expand your worldview. Try to work on projects, products, that align with your values.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:

undergrad
Bachelor
Small Business Administration/Management