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Matthew Schlerf '16

"As an artist, I think it often takes people believeing in you and to give you support–if not just material, then spiritual support–to say, 'we believe that you can be this person and we're willing to take risks to help you be that person.' And the Belk stipends and the Belk family absolutely did that for me. "

Matthew at-a-glance

Major: Theatre


  • MFA candidate at the Rose Bruford College of Theatre & Performance in London
  • Spent the summer in Italy working with a theatre company
  • Researched and directed Sarah Ruhl's Eurydice for his honors thesis
  • Was a member of the campus improve comedy troupe
  • Served as co-president of the Davidson chapter of Be The Match On Campus (Project Life) and is a certified Volunteer Ambassador for the national organization

Used Belk stipends to:

  • Train and study in Italy with an International Directors program
  • Serve as a research assistant for Theatre Prof. Sharon Green in New York City