Follow Us

Martinez Foundation Scholarship Program

Seattle Pacific University is privileged to partner with the Martinez Foundation and the Barney Foundation to offer scholarships to graduate students of color who wish to become teachers and help eliminate the achievement gap in Washington public schools. The Martinez Foundation, under the leadership of President of the Board of Directors Holli Martinez, an SPU alumna, is doing groundbreaking work in making long-term, positive impacts on student academic achievement.

The Martinez Foundation Scholarship is an annual, nonrecurring award for students of color enrolled in a graduate level teacher preparation program at SPU. Scholarship recipients may receive different award amounts, however, the average award is $5,000. There is no set number of awards given each year.

Criteria for Selection

The successful candidate will show promise as an effective educator, demonstrate leadership ability, come from an under-represented minority background, and possess a firm belief that all students can learn. Additional selection criteria include:

  • Admission to one of SPU’s graduate teacher preparation programs
  • Identify ethnicity as a person of color other than Caucasian
  • Willingness to sign a contract agreeing to
    • Teach for three years in a Washington public school (preferably in a poverty-impacted school)
    • Participate in Foundation professional development opportunities across the academic year
  • Experience with school age youth, education, youth development, social services or related field (preferred)
  • Demonstrate financial need (preferred)


Prospective Martinez Fellow candidates may read more about selection criteria, scholarship commitments, and application requirements.

Complete an application to become a Martinez Fellow. Applications are due April 10 of each academic year for those who have applied to the one-year ARC or MTMS programs. Candidates enrolled in the second year of the  two-year MAT program are also invited to apply.

All qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview, held on the SPU campus in May of each academic year. Interviews last approximately 30 minutes and are conducted by Martinez Foundation staff and SPU faculty members.

The application for the 2015-2016 academic year is now closed. It will re-open in Spring 2016.


Ricky Dos Remedios

The Martinez Foundation

Teachers are at the heart of our society and play a central role in addressing the widening achievement gap in Washington and across the nation. Through the Martinez Fellows Scholarship Program, the Martinez Foundation prepares and supports diverse and highly qualified teachers who will raise expectations, accelerate learning, and work to close this opportunity gap.

Did You Know?

Help IconThe SPU School of Education offers graduate routes to teacher certification that culminate in certification and a Master of Arts in Teaching degree. Check out the ARC/MAT and MAT programs.