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Ariela Martinez Named May Holmes Scholar of the Month

Ariela MartinezCongratulations to Ariela Martinez, Holmes Scholar of the Month for May 2021. Martinez is currently pursuing an Ed.D. in higher education leadership at Texas Christian University (TCU) in Fort Worth, TX. Her research interests examine enhancing undocumented and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) student college success. 

Prior to pursuing her doctoral studies, Martinez was a college access and higher education professional who served students from diverse academic, socioeconomic, and cultural backgrounds at the high school and collegiate levels. She has held professional titles that include TRiO Student Support Services Lead Ambassador, College Adviser via TCU College Advising Corps, Success Coach at Tarrant County College (TCC), and Senior Transfer Admission Counselor and adjunct instructor at TCU. Martinez earned her associate degree from TCC and her B.S. and M.Ed. degrees from TCU. As a critical scholar, her research interests center on issues of educational equity in higher education for minoritized students.

Martinez is passionate about seizing every opportunity to grow in her service and leadership. She currently serves on the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), The Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA) Advisory Committee and supports scholarship programs, such as the Gates Scholarship program, Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas – Fort Worth Chapter Latinas in Progress scholarship program, and the Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce scholarship program.

To nominate a Holmes Program participant, master’s or doctoral scholar, for the Scholar of the Month recognition, please use this online form.