Matthew A. Pigatt

Inspiring the Next
Generation of Leaders

Motivating young adults to believe in themselves and effectively navigate their growth and professional development to become power players for their community.

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Matthew’s Mission

Matthew’s Mission

Matthew A. Pigatt is on a mission to motivate and guide the next generation of leaders, award-winning professionals who will take on the responsibilities of our institutions with wisdom and understanding. His story of overcoming hardships through his unshaken determination will connect your audience’s hearts and inspire them to leave the world better than they found it.

Having gained real-world experience as a Mayor in addition to traveling the world, exploring diverse cultures, and conducting national award-winning research on high-achievers, Matthew loves motivating audiences of young adults using his vibrant, infectious energy and practical knowledge.


Matthew’s message touches the lives of his targeted audiences, including high school & college students, education and corporate professionals.

Identifying your mission

Overcoming hardships purposefully

Connecting education to future success


Winning scholarships, honors, & awards

Leadership through character development

Personal growth & self-reliance


Becoming a community change-maker



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Hear it from them

"I now know who I want to be and how to get there"

T. Jermaine Adams Student

Before taking your class, I understood who I was but didn’t know what to do with it. After taking your course, I now know who I want to be and how to get there.

Dr. Steve Gallon III School Board Member for Miami-Dade County Public Schools

Matthew Pigatt in The Academic Hustle provides a clear pathway for urban youth toward higher education and a positive, productive life of prosperity. It should be used as a blueprint for urban youth who seek to overcome the financial hurdles of higher education.

"strikes the perfect balance between inspiration and action"

Frederica S. Wilson Congresswoman D24 - Florida

How to pay for college is the number one obstacle that prohibits too many students with great potential from earning a degree. This guide offers insightful and innovative ideas about how to achieve that goal without amassing massive debt, which will enable young people to focus on what’s most important--building bright futures

Al Dotson Chairman Emeritus, 100 Black Men of America, Inc.

The 100 Black Men of America, Inc. has mentored thousands of youth to career achievement. Matthew is one of our best. Through The Academic Hustle, he distills the wisdom gained from his national award-winning research on our members and his personal transformation into a manual for excellence in education and beyond.

Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis President of Benedict College

As a college president, this is the book I have been waiting for! Matthew’s personal transformation, combined with a clear game plan for how students can finance their college education, strikes the perfect balance between inspiration and action.

"epitomizes everything that your teen needs to know "

Regina Harris Parent at Jack and Jill Southeastern Regional Conference

It was absolutely awesome! It epitomizes everything that your teen needs to know, needs to hear. Everything you have been telling them but they will not listen. They need to hear this workshop...He needs to come and talk to every teen that you know!

High School Teacher

YOU need to be all over this nation telling every 9th grade student or high schooler in the beginning of every year what they need to be doing because that was the most awesome thing. It kept their attention. It was very engaging. I was almost in tears…

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Through experience and research, Pigatt has refined a system that has been replicated by hundreds of other students to secure millions in funding for their career development.

An inspirational graduation gift: The Academic Hustle tells the story of Matthew Pigatt and his transformation from a juvenile delinquent with a 2.1 GPA in high school to a national award-winning researcher, graduating magna cum laude from Morehouse College.

A college planner to help you get it together: Matthew uses his journey of entering college on academic probation and covering all tuition with loans―to securing over $100,000 in scholarships, fellowships, and awards―as a springboard for a detailed, step-by-step guide to academic and career achievement.

Scholarships, Grants, Internships, and Jobs: The Academic Hustle gives a personal accounting of strategies uncovered while researching high-achievers. Through experience and research, Pigatt has refined a system that hundreds of other students have replicated to secure millions in funding for their career development.

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