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The youngest of three children, Nathan Matherly was taught the value of education, community and hard work at a young age. This instilled a work ethic that most likely assisted Matherly in mapping out his career path, as well. With a clear vision of his future schooling and career, Matherly is a step ahead of most young adults his age.
What guides Matherly? His servant’s heart and the opportunity to give back. “Service is important to me,” he said. “Service to my church and my community.”
In fact, Matherly was a junior firefighter with the Hurdle Mills Volunteer Fire Department, volunteered with the Bushy Fork ballpark through the booster club, and often serves at his family church, Five Forks Baptist Church in Cedar Grove, as an usher, vacation Bible school volunteer and weekly children’s ministry teacher.
In addition, Matherly was working at The Country Store, a local store in Hurdle Mills. “Working while in school helped me prioritize. I had to be organized to get my schoolwork done while holding a part-time job,” Matherly said.
While studying in a homeschool setting, Matherly and his family also took advantage of Piedmont Community College’s Career and College Promise program. As a high school student, the criminal justice classes he enrolled in were tuition free.
Nathan’s success in these college classes, as well as his work ethic, made him a worthy scholarship candidate. After applying, he was awarded the Charlie Hubbard and the John R. Bradsher Scholarships from the PCC Foundation.
“Receiving this funding gives me a level of pride,” Matherly said. “Not only does it help me financially, but it also makes me work harder knowing that people in the community are showing support of my education and future.”
His determination in the classroom also earned Matherly a nomination for a new internship program. After applying and interviewing with Spuntech Industries, Matherly was offered the internship.
“This opportunity has been amazing for me. I have had a job since I was 14 years old, but coming into a big business such as Spuntech and gaining a whole new set of work experiences will definitely help me in the future,” Matherly said.
Matherly addressed a crowd of approximately 20 Roxboro Chamber of Commerce Industrial Relations Committee members during a recent luncheon. After sharing his college and work experience with guests, three Spuntech Industry representatives spoke highly of his work ethic.
Spuntech human resources manager JoEllen Crowfoot said after the meeting that Matherly’s drive has positioned him well in the company. “Nathan’s attentiveness and drive has made him a great addition to the Spuntech family. He has taken the initiative to learn and assist in various functions of the manufacturing operation, thus increasing his value to his team and the company.”
As much as the industry leaders would like to continue Matherly’s career at Spuntech, he has other plans after College.
“Once I obtain my degree from PCC, I plan to enlist into the United States Marine Corps Reserve,” he told the luncheon attendees. After boot camp, Matherly intends to transfer his PCC credits to a four-year intuition and earn a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. His end goal is to be a Marine and a member of the Highway Patrol.
Matherly closed his presentation to the industry group by expressing his gratitude.
“The Lord has blessed me with lots of help so far in my career plan. I have been so grateful to receive the scholarships and internship opportunities. If everything goes the way it appears to be, I should graduate Piedmont Community College debt free. Growing up in a middle-class family, that is an amazing blessing,” he said.