YORK, PA – Recent York College men's basketball graduate Matt Scamuffo has been selected to participate in the 2019 Victory Scholar's program. Scamuffo, who graduated from York College with a degree in mathematics and minors in finance and economics. Scamuffo graduated Magna Cum Laude with an undergraduate GPA of 3.76.
The Victory Scholars Program consists of student-athletes who have excelled in their academics and sport, primarily basketball, in American universities during their undergraduate studies. Through a rigorous selection process, these future leaders progress to study in our partnering Universities and Higher Education Institutes for postgraduate Master degrees across the Island of Ireland while putting their extensive knowledge of their sport, team building, and mentorship into practice in our communities across the island.
Scamuffo will travel to Limerick Institute of Technology along with Andrew Curiel from College of Mount Saint Vicent and Taylor Williams from Manhattan College.
"I am beyond excited and thankful for the opportunity to join the Sport Changes Life family as a Victory Scholar for the 2018-2019 year," says Scamuffo. "I cannot wait to contribute and make an impact in the Irish community. I am also looking forward to continuing my basketball career and beginning my postgraduate education. I cannot thank Coach Hunter and the York College men's basketball program enough for helping me grow as a player and more importantly a person."
Spartan head coach Matt Hunter is thrilled to see Scamuffo get the opportunity to be a Victory Scholar.
"I am proud to see Matt get the opportunity to further his education, continue his basketball career, and make an impact on the youth basketball players around Limerick," says Hunter. "Matt truly embodies the characteristics that we value in the York College men's basketball program. He is a young man that displays great character, a desire to be the best he can be and, most importantly, being a great citizen. This is going to be a fantastic experience for Matt."
Scamuffo finished his Spartan career as the 12th leading scorer with 1,386 points during his four-year career. He was third in career three-point field goals (239), 11th in free throws made (277), tied for sixth in games played (106), third in games started (97), and ninth in career minutes (3,020). In addition to his exploits on the court, Scamuffo was named to the CoSIDA District IV team.
In addition to their roles as local ambassadors for sport and as team builders and mentors for young people island-wide, the Victory Scholars also take on a unique role as ambassadors for the upcoming Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic presented by Sport Changes Life, which will take place November 29 and 30 and December 1, 2018 at the SSE Arena, Belfast. The three-day basketball event will welcome eight American universities as they go head-to-head to compete in competitive collegiate basketball tournament outside of America.
Scamuffo arrived in Ireland on Saturday, ready to begin his year.