University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Marvin Martin, Jr. (2016)

My First Generation Story

According to the National Human Services Assembly, it only takes one person to break the cycle of poverty in a family. A big part of my drive to go to college was the desire to be that person for my family.

I grew up as the youngest of four boys to a single mother. I watched as my three brothers grew older and chose to not go to college. For me it was never a question. I had to go to college. I had to become something better than I could dream up. I worked harder than I had ever worked while in high school. I graduated from high school with full honors, a 4.35 GPA, and as a recipient of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s (UNCG) Guarantee Scholarship. I am currently going into my junior year at UNCG. I am a biology/pre-med major with a double minor in chemistry and classical studies.

In the future, after I graduate from UNCG, I plan to attend medical school and go on to become an internal medicine doctor. This has been my dream since I was a freshman in high school. At the age of 14, I remember researching everything I could about internal medicine doctors. I knew the responsibilities, the job requirements, the education required, the salary, everything. This earnestness to be a doctor was further established because of my close ties with my religion. I couldn’t think of a better way to do what I was called to than doing everything in my power to give people second chances at life.

During my time at UNCG, I’ve done everything possible to ensure my future. I am the undergraduate intern with the Guarantee Scholarship; the secretary and co-founder of the Pre-Med American Medical Association (AMSA) club; member of the National Society of Leadership and Success; and a former peer ambassador for the Guarantee Scholarship. These organizations have added to the wonderful education that I am receiving. I am also taking an emergency medical technician (EMT) class next summer to give myself more experience in the medical field. Ultimately, I want my future family to know that hard work pays off.

About the Student

Marvin Martin Jr. Resized

Marvin Martin, Jr. graduated with honors from Philip O. Berry Academy of Technology in 2014. He received a full ride from the Guarantee Scholarship to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he is majoring in biology and pre-med and minoring in classical studies, Spanish and chemistry. He hopes to attend medical school at UNC-Chapel Hill. His dream job is to become an internal medicine doctor. 

Student Stats

Name: Marvin Martin, Jr. (2016)
Age: 19
Year in School: Junior
Major: Biology/Pre-Med
Favorite Course: Mythology/Genetics
Dream Job: Internal Medicine Doctor

About the School


The University of North Carolina at Greensboro is a challenging, supportive and engaged community where learning is carried forward to “Do something bigger altogether.” Founded in 1891, UNCG is the largest and most diverse university in the Triad, serving more than 19,000 students. Standing apart from other universities, the UNCG community is joined together by a shared value: We define excellence not only by the people we attract, but by the meaningful contributions they make.



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