Matt Shaw '12 had a quiet energy about him. Always cool and laid-back, he easily dominated any conversation with just a quick flash of his smile. While on the Heights, he served as vice president of P.O.W.E.R., volunteered with Campus Ministry and inspired those around him to work harder, be stronger and excel. He planned to attend the State University of New York at Albany to pursue a master’s degree in economics.
Only a few weeks after graduation, in an act of violence as senseless as it was random, Matt was shot and killed in his hometown of Harlem, N.Y.
While tragic, we refuse to let that meaningless act of violence be the last word on Matt.
Since Matt’s passing, members of our community have created The Matt Shaw Fund. Its mission is, simply, to level the playing field. With help from the fund, all students—particularly those in financial need—can participate in programs that strengthen their education at Le Moyne. Below, students reflect on the ways the fund have impacted their lives.
Kayla Burt '17, Psychology
Cheyenne Chauvin '17, English