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

Honors Program
Engineering Honors

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.