Alex Martinez
Cain, Denius, McGill Family Forty Acres Scholarship
Forty Acres Scholars Class of 2022
Hometown
Alton, TX
High School
Mission High School

A favorite image of mine is that of the so-named "Pale Blue Dot." This image taken in 1990 by NASA's Voyager I space probe helps bring things into perspective about our place in this world. Carl Sagan said of it, "...it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another..." I try to live by this philosophy every day, as I see it critical to help others in order to stimulate a progressive society. Growing up in the Rio Grande Valley, an area that is predominantly minority and low-income, led me to want to bring forth change and improvement to my home region. I don't know for sure how I'll do this, but I know that I have time to hone my skills, and find my way through it. From an early age, I knew I was bound to pursue a career in the space industry. I developed a great passion for math and science, and the idea that I could push the boundaries of our understanding was what drew me in. See, I don't like being stagnant. I want to be constantly pushing forward, innovating, and improving our lives. I hope to become involved in several organizations on campus, specifically Longhorn Rocketry Association and the Society of Professional Hispanic Engineers. Moreover, I look forward to being involved in community projects and outreach programs. The opportunity that this university has given me is truly one of a kind. I look forward to being immersed in such a distinctive culture and cheering on the Texas Longhorns at DKR. Hook 'em Horns.

Major:

Aerospace Engineering 

Other Academic Interests:

Environment and Sustainability Certificate

What drew you to the Forty Acres Scholars Program?

Purpose. When I looked up all the Forty Acres Scholars from the previous cohorts and read their bios, I knew each and every one of them shared purpose as a common value. I wanted to be immersed in that environment, as I knew that it would not only allow me to grow, but to thrive. This is exactly what I encountered when I interacted with potential scholars at Finalist Weekend, with everyone having a deep passion and desire to change the world. The connections and networking that one has access to with this scholarship were another key reason why I sought this out. This scholarship opens so many doors, and that was evident to me during Finalist Weekend when I got to speak to a Texas Ex who had worked on NASA's Mars/Lunar Space Exploration Program, something incredibly valuable to me as an aerospace engineering major.