Matthew Burch has earned a bachelor of fine arts in wood/furniture design and a bachelor of science in industrial technology, attaining a 3.34 GPA while participating in the McNair Scholar program.
Mr. Burch is committed to scholarship, has an ability to manage complex logistics, and achieves remarkable results from his efforts. His professors consistently praise the uniqueness of his creativity, his exceptional problem-solving techniques, and his advanced technical skills. In short, he is an exemplary student who has integrated classroom excellence and entrepreneurial accomplishments.
A highly decorated Army veteran with 8 years of service, including deployments as an airborne infantryman in Iraq and Afghanistan, he received the Military Order of the Purple Heart after being wounded in combat. Having traveled the world in the military, he relies on his international experiences to inform his life and career choices.
Mr. Burch is a recipient of the Buffalo State college’s Dr. Margaret E. Bacon Best of Studio Award for wood/furniture design. He is the 2018 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for student excellence. In addition, he and two fellow students co-founded the Buffalo Furniture Factory, an ADA-compliant company that won the 2017 New York Business Plan Competition regional championship.