AIKCU Voices: Nyah Mattison, Transylvania University

Photo of Transy student Nyah Mattison

For 2020 we’re asking students and alumni of Kentucky’s independent colleges and universities to share stories about their college experiences in a new series we’re calling AIKCU Voices. If you’d like to share your story, email us at

I chose to focus on these paths [computer science and digital arts and media] because I believe that STEM fields cannot exist without an understanding of humanities also. I wanted to be able to build programs and write code that will better the lives of other people, and be able to connect with them through multimedia. I think both of my majors serve me well in engendering a good understanding of not only the technology that powers our world, but also the people who help make that possible. 

It is important to me to get an education at Transy because I am constantly surrounded by people who have the potential to change the world. A liberal arts education instills a sense of compassion and understanding about all sectors of the workforce, not just the one you end up going into. The connections that I make here I know will serve me well both now, as I study with my peers, and in the future.

I feel so grateful and humbled to be a William T. Young scholar. This scholarship allows me the freedom to study uninhibited.

Through the generosity of Transy donors, I have gained the ability to see myself as a scholar and leader on Transylvania’s campus. Without the stress of student loans and other debt, I am able to give 100 percent to my academic pursuits and to take on opportunities like unpaid internships that I otherwise wouldn’t be able to take advantage of.

Nyah Mattison
Louisville, Kentucky
William T. Young Scholar
Transylvania University

(originally published on Transy’s 1780 Blog)