In May Matthew Slater was the commencement speaker at Fisher College. Today the school announced the creation of the Matthew Slater Scholarship Award for new students.
The school, a four-year college located in Boston's Bay Bay, will award $5,000 to a qualified new student on behalf of the Patriots special teams captain.
Slater, who is one of the most inspiration players the Patriots have ever had, made a profound impact on the students during his commencement speech.
"Success is about the journey," Slater told the graduates. "It is will that drives us to never give up on our dreams, and will that drives us to achieve. Never lose that will."
"Not only did Mr. Slater deliver an inspirational speech to our students, but he really took the time to get to know them," said Dr. Thomas M. McGovern, President of Fisher College. "We are honored to name this scholarship on behalf of someone who exemplifies hard work and excellence both on the field and in the community."
Scholarship candidates are asked to submit a short essay submitted no later than Aug. 24, 2015, to describe what drives them to achieve their goals and dreams. It is a theme that Slater shared during the Fisher College graduation ceremony in May.
While preparing his commencement address, Slater hosted a group of Fisher College students at Gillette Stadium and talked to them about their college experience. Fisher College awarded Slater with an Honorary Doctorate at commencement.