A resident of Grays Harbor was honored by Saint Martin University as one of three recipients of the 2022 Trustee Scholarship.
Local student Becky Gudino joins Amista Mariana Lujan and Cody Mears in receiving what the university says is one of the most important honors given to incoming transfer students.
Three scholarships are awarded annually to outstanding transfers who exemplify the university’s commitment to academic excellence, community service, and the Benedictine values that are at the heart of the St. Maarten community.
“Each year we are blown away by the students we meet during the scholarship selection process and this year was no exception,” shares Assistant Director of Transfer Admissions Caitlin Gordon. “These three students have impressed us with their passion, their courage, their determination, their service to others and their goals for their future. We are honored to be able to highlight their achievements through this scholarship and are excited to see how their education here on Saint Martin can help them do even more amazing things in the future.
From Saint Martin University:
- Becky Gudino from Gray Harbor, WA and originally from Ecuador, is a public works valedictorian of Grays Harbor College. Gudino was born in the United States, but moved to Ecuador, South America, when she was ten years old. Upon her return to the United States, she completed college, got married, and started a non-profit organization called Isaiah 61 International with her husband, Byron. Immediately afterwards, Gudino returned to Ecuador to start a family and continue building her non-profit organization. It was during her stay in Ecuador that she discovered her passion for building structures. In 2017, Gudino and his family decided to return to the United States. She looked for opportunities to pursue her passion and enrolled in the pre-engineering program at Grays Harbor College, and soon after, Gudino discovered Saint Martin’s civil engineering program. Gudino shares, “I knew that day that I had found the most amazing school, or I kind of felt like it had found me.” After graduating, Gudino hopes to pursue a master’s degree in civil engineering and work near his home in Grays Harbor. “I am so grateful to everyone who has helped me along my journey – family, friends, teachers, role models, mentors – and to all the amazing people I have yet to meet. Pursuing this dream has been an immeasurable gift and I hope to give back to my community through many diverse building projects.
- Amista Mariana Lujan, from Santa Rita, Guam, is a the story major from Guam Community College. Lujan plans to begin her academic journey in Saint Martin this fall by pursuing a bachelor’s degree in history, a subject she has been passionate about since her formative years in college. After graduating, Lujan dreams of becoming a travel journalist and visiting historical sites or working as a Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) teacher. “I chose Saint Martin’s University because of its convenient location in Washington State, where I have family, but also because I remember hearing about it from an old classmate in high school. and thought it was a great place to take my next step for my degree,” shares Lujan.
- Cody Mears, of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, is a social work major from South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC). During her teenage years, Mears witnessed a series of traumatic events that opened her eyes to the inequities, inequalities and stigma that run rampant systemically and culturally. His first-hand experience with these social issues led him to become a Certified Peer Counselor where he serves those diagnosed with mental illness or substance use disorder by giving them a sense of hope and direction. . Mears went on to become president of the Active Mind Chapter of the SPSCC and a writing tutor both with the aim of combating mental health stigma on college campuses, participating in anti-racism efforts and creating spaces inclusive. “I am honored to have been awarded the Trustee Scholarship which will allow me to attend Saint Martin’s University and prepare for my future in my social work major,” Mears shares. “I plan to continue my education with my Masters in Social Work before going fully into the field to work on the growing efforts to create and facilitate change and act as a beacon of hope and proof that recovery is possible – and strive to make recovery possible for others as it was made possible for me.
Trustee Scholarships are reserved for students transferring to Saint Martin from a community college and who have graduated or are in the process of earning their associate degree with a GPA of 3.4 or higher.
Each Trustee Scholar will receive a $21,000 scholarship, which will be spread over four semesters of study.