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Asbury University student wins scholarship through NATAS

From staff reports

Four Asbury University students recently received awards for the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and will be recognized during an awards ceremony in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, later this summer.

Each year, NATAS awards a $3,000 David J. Clark Scholarship, which was given for the third time to an Asburian, Mathew Lively.

“I am incredibly honored to win the scholarship,” Lively said. “It’s a very humbling reward for some hard work put in. I’m grateful to be representing Asbury at this event with the other students accepting awards. We’ve all worked hard, and it’s great to help bring recognition to the establishment who helped us get to where we are. I hope to represent Asbury more in the future alongside the many other professionals emerging from Asbury’s program.”

Retired Asbury professor Doug Smart was also nominated for an Emmy in the directing category for the Asbury sitcom “Friends Like You.”

The student films at Asbury were also presented at Highbridge. Lively said his success is because of the knowledge he has gained as a student-filmmaker and participation in Asbury’s media communication program.

“The Asbury media communication program has pushed me in numerous ways,” Lively said. “The ability to make films on such a professional level at school is an amazing opportunity that I don’t take lightly. The program does a great job of limiting you within classes as to what you can use in your film, which really helps me to define what I want to say and what I think is most important for the film. In many ways, the program has shaped me into a more definitive storyteller and more professional worker.”