Matthew Alan Styer Endowed Scholarship Fund
For students walking in Matt’s footsteps in the digital arts…
MATTHEW 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 family – 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.”
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.