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“My experiences at Manchester have shown me what I want to do with my life.”

Martin Garcia ’16 wants to become a doctor. “My dream is to go into an M.D. and a Ph.D. program and become a medical doctor and do research as well.”

“Manchester University is the place where I started my journey,” says the gregarious sophomore chemistry major from La Porte, Ind. Martin is the first in his family to attend college, the recipient of MU financial support and mentoring designed to make excellent higher education affordable.

Martin caught the attention of Independent Colleges of Indiana, which is celebrating him and 30 other first-generation high achievers who are “Realizing the Dream.” With Martin’s and his family’s commitment and hard work, along with mentoring, donor-funded scholarships and amazing opportunities at Manchester, Martin truly is realizing his dream – and he’s only a sophomore!
Last summer, Martin earned an undergraduate research fellowship with the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Boise State University. There’s more: As part of the experience, he presented his research to the Idaho Idea Network of Biomedical Research Excellence.

This January, he will travel deep into Nicaragua with MU alumni health professionals for the annual Medical Practicum. Not only will Martin help improve the lives of underserved residents of Nicaragua, he also will serve as an interpreter, using his MU Spanish minor. The S. Bruce Kauffman ’68 Memorial Scholarship Fund is making this life-changing trip possible.

“I would never have imagined I would be doing this,” says Martin. “My experiences at Manchester have shown me what I want to do with my life. I want to be a scientist.”

Martin is on the Dean’s List at Manchester, is a member of several honor societies and is active in science pre-professional and multicultural organizations. Giving back is a big part of his life, both through Volunteer Services on campus, and as a blood donor, chemistry tutor and pharmacy volunteer for La Porte Hospital. (Last year, MU students donated 40,000 hours to their communities, churches and campus.)

He is also a student admissions ambassador, giving him opportunities to explain how he is able to afford his excellent academic and inspiring journey. Martin is grateful that his MU experience is underwritten by alumni and other donors who are committed to his success.

Martin receives the four-year Dean’s Scholarship. The scholarship is drawn from MU’s endowment and The Manchester Fund, annually supported by donors who understand the value of a Manchester degree. Martin already is paying back that generosity with his service and academic spirit, and intends to continue that philanthropic tradition.



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