For the first time, an Auburn High School senior is the recipient of the prestigious ACT SIX scholarship. Selected through a rigorous three-month competition, Marcus Martin will receive a full-ride scholarship to attend Pacific Lutheran University (PLU). Of more than 1,000 applicants, only 106 seniors were selected to receive this scholarship. Martin is one of two Auburn School District students to earn an Act Six Scholarship.
The Act Six Scholarship is given to students who prove their commitment to serving as leaders on campus and in their communities. A thirst for knowledge and eagerness to foster intercultural relationships are also key traits to being selected. Act Six Scholarship winners must also be able to think out of the box and be willing to step out of their comfort zones.
Martin boasts of a multicultural makeup, being an American Indian (a member of the Blackfeet Tribe of Montana, Comanche Tribe of Oklahoma), Canadian (Squamish Nation) and Filipino. Martin takes great pride in his family’s diverse culture, saying “from my first memories as a child, learning my family history shaped and defined my character and taught me many critical skills to overcome challenges. I inherited the true grit and determination of a Native American and Filipino family that overcame all of the odds and challenges that were stacked against us to pursue and achieve our educational goals and athletic dreams.”
Growing up Martin had the traditional ways of both his Native American and Filipino ancestors instilled in him. Growing up, he attended powwows and ceremonies throughout the US and Canada. This prompted him to become a member of the member of the Blackfeet Crazy Dog Warrior’s and Beaver Bundle Societies and participates in the Sun Dance and, Gourd Dance. Beyond being a Filipino scholar-athlete, Martin also an active participant of the Filipino American Community of Bainbridge Island.
Throughout his life, Martin has remained active in soccer. Since he was eight, Martin played at the highest level of competitive United States Club Soccer. Winning championships has been a frequent event for Martin. His team won three Washington State Championships, two United States Regional Championships, and five Regional Club Championships at the Division One level. In July 2017 his club team won United States National League Divisional Championship. They went on to play in the Elite 8 for a United States National Championship at the Major League Soccer FC Dallas complex in Frisco, Texas.
Putting his soccer skill, Martin was a member of Auburn High School’s Varsity Soccer team throughout his time at AHS. He has served as a Team Captain and was selected All-League and the Most Inspirational Player. In his senior year, Coach, Gordon Elliott also convinced Martin to join the varsity football team as the placekicker and punter.
Attending PLUS, Martin plans to earn his degree in Business Administration. He expects his college education to allow him to achieve his career goals to “encourage more Native American children and families to adopt healthy lifestyles related to participating in year-round sports activities. My professional plans are to lead critical initiatives in Native American Communities to create more healthy families and world-class scholar-athletes,” said Martin.
Martin hopes playing on the PLU Men’s Soccer team will encourage and inspire many other American Indians and Filipinos to become university level scholar-athletes. Martin shared that he has spent his entire life volunteering as a soccer coach, tutor, and mentor for students at Muckleshoot Tribal School and in other community outreach programs. It is because of this experience, Martin says, “I know that my college education at PLU will equip me to bring about the transformation that I desire. I know that by playing for the PLU Men’s Soccer team and by graduating from PLU that I will inspire other American Indians and Filipinos to have the confidence, skills, and self-esteem to become NCAA scholar-athletes.”
Last Updated: 5/30/2018 7:05AM with corrections to information relating to Martin’s status as the first Native American soccer player at PLU.