Canterbury Alumni Spotlight: Matt Authement

Canterbury Alumni Spotlight - Matt Authement '08


A great school understands the importance of guiding their students towards their own personal version of success. Canterbury students experience a supportive and challenging academic curriculum, where they build college readiness skills and discover their postgraduate ambitions. In this blog, we’ve checked in with Canterbury alumni Matt Authement, who’s career path and success began at Canterbury and our College Counseling program. 

Matt Authement is currently completing his second year of the Pediatric Hospital Medicine Fellowship at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Matt began his journey at Mayo Clinic in 2017, completing three years of Pediatric residency.  He then became the Mayo Clinic's first ever fellow in the area of Pediatric Hospital Medicine and is on the cusp of completing the program.  Matt has helped care for sick children who have been hospitalized for extended periods of time and has been working to obtain his certification in Pediatric Hospital Medicine.  

His path to Mayo Clinic can be traced back to Canterbury and our College Counseling program, in which students meet regularly throughout the year to outline college applications, scholarship opportunities, and individual degree paths. Matt was given the opportunity to choose between Duke, Vanderbilt, Northwestern, and other reputable universities. Matt ultimately chose to attend North Carolina State University, where he received the Park Scholarship, an award that rewards outstanding accomplishments and potential in scholarship, leadership, service, and character.  He has since completed Medical School at the University of Florida and is wrapping up his program at the Mayo Clinic.  He has had quite the remarkable educational journey.

“As an Advanced Placement Scholar and Valedictorian of his class, Matt was a proven scholar,” said Donnamarie Hehn, Head of Knowlton Campus. “Matt was a thoughtful student who clearly cared about his world. During his time on campus, Matt started the Eagle Scout project which focused on environmental issues in our community.  Matt helped remove invasive tree species, constructed nesting boxes at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, and also created a battery recovery program for the city of St. Petersburg.  This was typical of Matt; always thoughtful about any undertaking and always focused on the good of others.”

Canterbury’s College Counseling program assisted Matt in making his decision to choose the best education for him and to follow his passions. Matt’s time at Canterbury helped set him on his path to discovering his love for medicine and allowed him to meet his wife, Miranda. 

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