North Central College - Naperville, IL

Matt Wilke


From the start of his college career, Matt wanted to focus on leadership. He connected with iLead, the Leadership, Ethics & Values (LEV) program for first-year students, and was awarded a scholarship as a Distinguished Leader.

One of his first LEV classes challenged him to find a solution to a problem that troubled him. For Matt, that problem was negative speech and slurs and the people targeted by them. His class project was widely engaged across campus and led to the formation of NCC Thinks, a student group that raises awareness through creative projects.

“LEV gave me opportunities to practice and develop important skills, especially teamwork. I learned that by sharing creativity, effort and abilities, we can make good things happen,” says Matt.

“Stepping up to be a leader gives your life a sense of purpose. I found my calling because of LEV. I want to help others, be a servant leader and be an example for others.”