Shrewsbury – Matt Ward, a resident of Shrewsbury, and the senior captain of the Saint Anselm College men’s lacrosse program, was recently selected to receive one of two Thomas A. Melucci Jr. Memorial Endowed Scholarship awards.
The Thomas A. Melucci Jr. Memorial Endowed Scholarship was established by Thomas and Gail Melucci as a memorial for their son, Thomas, who graduated from Saint Anselm in 1988. Mr. and Mrs. Melucci remain closely involved with the scholarship, serving on the committee that selects recipients each year. Mr. Melucci is a former trustee of the college.
Ward, a business and finance major, has also spent his time on campus working to leave an impact. He currently serves as the president of the Red Key Society, is an Orientation Leader since his sophomore year, and is a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
In addition to these activities, Ward has completed internships at Alku, Northwestern Mutual, and Rise Private Wealth Management. He plans to work as a financial planner after graduation, and has already begun taking the tests and receiving certifications that he will need to be successful.
“Receiving the Melucci scholarship is an honor. I’m really humbled a to receive it. I’m thankful to the Melucci family,” he said. “It makes me feel like I’ve left my footprint on Saint Anselm College in some kind of way, and to some people there.”
On the lacrosse field, Ward has helped the Hawks maintain their national prominence in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association national coaches’ poll. Across 33 career games on the Hilltop, Ward has scored 68 goals with 28 assists for 96 points (68-28=96). He ranks seventh all-time in career goals per game (2.06) and points per game (2.91).
Named to the Northeast-10 Conference All-Rookie Team as a freshman, Ward is a mainstay on the league’s Commissioner’s Honor Roll, which recognizes student-athletes and their academic achievements in the classroom.