Interview with Roystone Martinez
Romero Scholarship Recipient - 2001
with Roystone in September 2003 to find out what he's been up to.
Here are his responses:
Why did you apply for the scholarship?
for the Romero Scholarship for two reasons. The first being, at
the time and now, I knew going through the process helped me gain
insight as to who I am as Latino and how that correlates with representing
my family, ideals, friends, and fellow Latinos here at Boston College
and in the greater Boston community at large. Secondly, I wanted
to show the world that idealism coupled with passion elevates a
person to higher heights, and that if you put your mind to anything
and ask God for help, He will guide you.
What did winning the scholarship mean to you?
name was called, I was completely taken aback because I did not
anticipate the win. The night of the ceremony, my mother could not
be in attendance, and thus, when I gave my acceptance speech, I
was very emotional. Emotions ran high because it was my way of thanking
her for all of the sacrifices she had endured and it offered me
the chance to continue guiding future leaders to persist and graduate
from Boston College."
What are you doing now that you've graduated from BC?
Response in 2002: "Well,
since my graduation from Boston College, I have become an active
alumnus, serving on several advisory boards at the College. Also,
I continue to stay connected to current and prospective students
through the Undergraduate Admission office. Academically, I continue
to challenge myself at the Harvard Graduate School of Education,
in pursuit of my Ed.M in Higher Education Administration."
from Roy 9/03: "The last
time I wrote, I was in the process of completing my degree
from Harvard University.
I am proud to
that I graduated
with distinction from Harvard University this June 2003 with a
Master's degree in Higher Education Administration. So now I have
after my name, Roystone J. Martinez, Ed.M."
What are you doing now that you have achieved that goal?
Update from Roy 9/03: "During
the summer, I worked as a Counselor for the Options Through Education
(OTE) program and enjoyed
that experience tremendously.
Currently, I work as the High School Coordinator for the GEAR UP
program at the University of Massachusetts at Boston. GEAR UP is
a federally funded program that provides high school students in
Boston with the guidance and preparation needed for applying and
getting accepted to institutions of Higher Education. I really
enjoy this position because it allows me to use my consulting,
counseling, and networking skills to bridge the divide between
secondary education and higher education."
5. Can Latinos contact you if they are interested in applying for
the scholarship or pursuing Graduate studies?
from Roy 9/03: "Most definitely!
You can contact me if you are interested in applying for the scholarship.
Furthermore, if you just need someone to converse with in regards
to navigating and enhancing your Boston College experience, I am
here as well. Use your Alumni! My email address is email@example.com
Good Luck and God Bless!"
you Roy for answering our questions!