Matthew Alan Styer Endowed Scholarship Fund

for students walking in Matt’s footsteps in the digital arts…

EMU grad Matthew Alan StyerMATTHEW ALAN STYER ’05, a graduate of EMU’s Visual and Communication Arts (VACA) program, left a remarkable legacy in his three years of working for EMU’s marketing and communications department, 2005-08.

Matt died of leukemia at age 30 on Dec. 19, 2011.

To honor his memory, members of Matt’s immediate family – wife Lindsay Martin ’05, mother Grace Witmer ‘79, father Alan, brother Jon ’07, and sister Amanda ’12 – have set the goal of raising at least $50,000 to endow a scholarship in Matt’s name. It will support at least one rising senior majoring in the visual arts “who has demonstrated exceptional skill and dedication to photography and/or graphic design.”

EMU graduate Matt Styer's creative legacy

Matt’s creative legacy

  • First member of EMU’s marketing/communications department to combine skills in videography, design and photography to tell EMU’s story in a systematic way.
  • Produced video that was a highlight of the 10th anniversary celebration of EMU’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding.
  • Redesigned EMU’s magazines, Crossroads and Peacebuilder, with enduring formats that combined excellent photography with attention-grabbing design.
  • Pursued excellence and artistic growth as graduate student in digital design at Philadelphia University.

As a friend and family member, Matt was:

  • Known in high school for his skills in both soccer and football.
  • Accomplished as a cook, who loved to make and share meals joyously.
  • Passionate about bicycling, traveling and having adventures.

All members of the Styer and Witmer family circle – grandparents, 24 aunts and uncles, 31 cousins – and all friends of Matt are invited to contribute to building this scholarship fund as a way of remembering Matt. The scholarship will perpetuate the creativity and inspiration of Matt’s life by passing on his love of visual communications to other students.

Give online

Give online to the Matt Styer Endowed Scholarship Fund or call the EMU development office for more information at 540-432-4200.