Miami University student Mary Marlene Martin is the recipient of the 2016 PALS Scholarship in the amount of $1,000. A 2014 graduate of Wheelersburg High School, Martin is earning a degree in social work with a minor in statistical methods. She has maintained a 4.0 GPA average during her two years at Miami.
At college, Martin is chaplain of Kappa Phi, a Christian sisterhood, chairman of the Bachelor of Social Work Student Council and student representative on the Academic Integrity Committee. She is involved in the University Academic Scholars Program and the University Honors Program and a member of the college of Education, Health and Society Dean’s Council.
She has received a fellowship for Miami University’s Undergraduate Summer Scholarship Program and an undergraduate research Award. She has been on the MU President’s List for four semesters.
She belongs to the National Association of Social Workers and the Council on Social Work Education. She was a resident assistant for the 2015-2016 school year and is serving as a summer orientation undergraduate leader this summer.
Martin is active in a volunteer in a number of organizations, including SOLACE, the local drug prevention program.
Her future goal is to attain a Master’s Degree in a Social Work Program with advanced standing. She is working on a honors thesis concerning the opiate epidemic in Scioto County and hopes to take courses with a concentration in mental health to provide counseling following graduation. In the future she would like to start a Social Work Program at Shawnee State University.