Natalie Martinez, daughter of Josefina Martinez of Coral Gables, recently was named an Enterprise Holdings Scholar at Washington University in St. Louis, MO. Martinez, a 2012 graduate of Coral Gables Senior High School, will be a freshman at the university when the fall semester begins Aug. 28.
While in high school, Martinez tutored in math and science and helped learning-disabled students. An avid musician, she plays various percussion instruments, including the drums, congas, timbales and timpani.
Martinez’s scholarship is made possible by Enterprise Holdings, operating the Alamo Rent A Car, National Car Rental, as well as the Enterprise Rent-A-Car brands. Enterprise Holdings has provided $50 million to Washington University during the past 11 years to help the university “develop the best and brightest minds from all segments of our society.
Scholars are selected on the basis of academic merit, leadership skills and a commitment to community service.
The Enterprise Holdings Scholars Program makes it possible for approximately 60 to 80 exceptionally talented students from across America to attend Washington University each year. The Enterprise Holdings scholars are recognized at a dinner in their honor during the school year.
Washington University is counted among the world’s leaders in teaching and research, and draws students and faculty to St. Louis from all 50 states and more than 110 nations. The total student body is nearly 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students.
The approximately 3,400 faculty teach in seven schools: Arts and Sciences, Brown School, Olin Business School, Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts, School of Engineering and Applied Science, School of Law and School of Medicine. Twenty-three Nobel laureates have been associated with Washington University, with nine doing the major portion of their pioneering research there.
The university offers more than 90 programs and almost 1,500 courses leading to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in a broad spectrum of traditional and interdisciplinary fields, with additional opportunities for minor concentrations and individualized programs.