Leslie Martin to Elmhurst

Jalen Johnson

With the Class of 2020 preparing to graduate and go on to pursue their postsecondary plans, one senior has been given a huge opportunity. Senior Leslie Martin has been awarded a full-ride scholarship to Elmhurst College. Martin felt pride and relief when she found out she would have a full ride to Elmhurst College.

“When I first got accepted, I felt proud of myself. I wasn’t told about the full ride after weeks of being accepted, but when I was told, I swear it felt like such a heavyweight was lifted off my shoulders. I never saw myself getting a full ride to a school of my choice. I felt like I didn’t do well enough to receive a full ride, but it’s honestly a blessing,” said Martin.

She shared her experience with the application process and is grateful to Chicago Scholars with iMentor.

 “I began my college process during the summer going into senior year which made my year less stressful. My personal statement is what took longer than anything in the college process. I just wanted to perfect it, but I let many of my peers review it and also, advise on how to better it. I had the amazing opportunity to obtain an interview with the admission counselor from Elmhurst through Chicago Scholars through iMentor,” said Martin.


Martin and the rest of the senior class aren’t alone when applying to these prestigious universities. Mrs. Matz, one of the counselors, expressed how proud of Martin she was.

 “I am so proud of Leslie for making such an amazing first impression on the Elmhurst representative at her Chicago Scholars onsite information session. From there Leslie followed through with all of the requirements, kept in touch with the representative, showed interest in the school and won herself a full ride there! Leslie has set herself up for this honor and ward since her freshman year. She is very deserving and I know she will get to the campus and make such a positive impact on all classmates she meets at Elmhurst!”, said Mrs. Matz


Now that she has achieved this amazing accomplishment, Martin wants to take full advantage of this opportunity because these don’t come often. 


“The main thing I want to accomplish is to be able to say ‘I did it.’ as a first-generation. I want to grow and experience new things on my own,” she said.


Martin looks forward to being on campus in the fall.