John Martens Endowment


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.


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.


Application Deadline: May 1, 2023

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 and demonstrate key attributes John Martens did during his high school career into his college and adult life
  • The recipient will be awarded a $1,000 Scholarship for their Senior Year at AMHS

To the Applicant:

  1. Complete this application form
  2. Type out your activities and honors (described on this form) and attach
  3. Complete the essay question
  4. A copy of your transcript listing all courses, test data and grades, to include in your application packet. ***The school will provide this once your application is received***
  5. Submit two Confidential Letters of Recommendation (One from a teacher and one from a peer)
  6. Send all materials electronically to Mrs. Jannusch in the Development office at and be sure your name is listed on all documents.

Download the application