john martens

endowment Scholarship

John's Story

John was born in Seattle on August 30, 1978.  He attended Holy Cross High School (now Archbishop Murphy High School) and graduated in 1996 with honors. 

John was known as a true gentleman and scholar.  Many of the Holy Cross upperclassmen knew John because as a 9th grader he sat in on 11th grade math and science classes.  While at Holy Cross, John played basketball, baseball, was a member of the inaugural golf team (coached by Jack Serwold), and served as ASB President.

After HC, John attended the University of Washington and studied Chemical Engineering.  After receiving his BA in 2001, he moved to Hillsboro, OR to work as a process engineer for Intel.

In his short 25 years, John managed to touch lives across the world.  He was a bright light and his family and friends continue his legacy through this endowment scholarship.

Scholarship Timeline
  • March 20th: Application is Live and available online and in counseling center.
  • April 26thApplication Packet deadline.
  • Late May: Committee presents award at assembly.
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The purpose of this merit-based scholarship is to provide tuition to a minimum of one student per year in memory of the late John Joseph Martens IV, Holy Cross Alumnus class of 1996. 

The recipient of the scholarship is determined by the John Martens Scholarship Committee in the spring of each year.

2017 WINNER:

The winner of the second John Martens Endowment Scholarship was Drew Carlton. 


Applicant Requirements

Applicants must...

  • Be a Junior at Archbishop Murphy High School and will be awarded the scholarship for Senior Year
  • Demonstrate leadership through academic achievements and involvement in campus, co-curricular and community activities
  • Demonstrate high acumen in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and/or Math
  • Have an overall grade point average of 3.5 or higher 
  • Demonstrate key attributes John Martens did during his high school career into his college and adult life 
Scholarship Parameters

Applicant must have all the following documents submitted by the noted January deadline. Documents must be in PDF format or WORD document.

•Resume: one-page limit.

•700-Word Essay. Example of Essay question: What preparation, experience and schooling does it take to be an innovative STEM leader in today’s global market? Given your educational and cultural background, professional aspirations, and service to the community, how do you plan to fit that model in the future and give back to your community?

•Official Transcripts: Transcripts will be provided by the AMHS Admissions Office.

•One faculty letter of recommendation from an advisor, dean, principal, faculty, instructor, coach or leader of the Church who can speak on behalf of your academics.

•Two letters of recommendation from a person of the applicant’s choosing that can speak on behalf of his/her character.

Endowment Progress

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Darin and Judy Aaby

Eric and Susan Amsberry

Talia Alcantar

John Barrett

Andrew and Jennifer Bowman

John and Sheri Conderman 

David Doran

Matthew and Brenna Feely

Rick and Christi Heath

Angela Iannone

Joel and Heidi Kuipers

Jack Martens, Yvonne Martens Lether, Stephanie Martens Wirgler, and Brittany Martens

Kris Smith

Duane and Mary Schireman

Jacob and Katie Thompson

Dennis and Mary Thompson 

James Wilson

Kevin Wilson

Alex and Christine Wollin


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