With admiration for the vitality and brilliance of our beloved and dear friend Matt, the family and friends of Matthew C. Boeer announce the establishment of an endowed scholarship fund at Southwestern University.  This fund was created as a memorial to Matt’s life, as a legacy to Matt’s endless thirst for knowledge, and as a tribute to Matt’s affection for Southwestern.

After excelling in high school academics, Matt was awarded the prestigious and highly competitive Brown Scholar Award for a full-tuition scholarship to attend Southwestern.  During his time at Southwestern, Matt co-founded the Garden Club, served as Head Resident Assistant, and founded Community First Consulting.  Matt’s idea for Community First Consulting developed after reading the work of Peter Drucker and volunteering with local non-profit organizations. Community First Consulting provided financial consulting services to non-profits on issues of business and strategic planning, fundraising, marketing, efficiency, and organization.  Matt’s intellectual enthusiasm was matched only by his love for sports.  Though active in all intramural sports at Southwestern, Matt’s favorite memories were made playing soccer.  Matt graduated from Southwestern University in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and a minor in Sociology. 

After graduation, Matt moved to Houston to join the accounting firm Pannell, Kerr, Forster (PKF Texas).  He enjoyed his work immensely and looked forward to developing his career.  Matt continued his athletic endeavors by joining a local soccer league, playing in a company basketball league, and of course, cheering for his Houston Rockets.  In September of 2006, Matt was unexpectedly diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia, a rare form of blood cancer.  Like every situation in his life, Matt faced his diagnosis with unparalleled determination.  Because of his frequent treatments and congenial personality, Matt soon became a favorite among hospital staff.  He was even dubbed “Superman” by his oncologist for overcoming numerous life-threatening complications.

Matt’s devotion to his family and friends remains one of his most endearing qualities.  Whether demonstrating his loyalty or fierce support, Matt had as much confidence in his loved ones as he did in himself.  He rarely met a stranger and loved to discuss topics ranging from philosophy to the current issue of The Economist.  Matt always found the courage to care about the people and community interests that were most important to him.  Throughout treatment, his greatest fear was not for himself but for the impact his journey would have on his family.

The Matthew C. Boeer Endowed Scholarship Fund was started with funds from a savings account Matt opened while working his first job at Germania Insurance.  Even at a young age, Matt invested in his future and believed that he would achieve his goals.  Matt would be proud to start this scholarship and enable other bright students to participate in the educational experience he treasured at Southwestern.

You can add to Matt’s legacy by making a gift today to the Matthew C. Boeer Endowed Scholarship Fund.

For more information about the progress of this fundraising project, please visit http://www.matthewboeerscholarshipfund.org.