Marty Robinson is a junior elementary education major at the University of Indianapolis and was honored with the Nancy Larson Foundation Scholarship this year. Robinson said his passion for teaching came from growing up without a mentor, and because of that, he decided that he wanted to be a mentor for children like him, so they would not fall behind. Robinson wanted the chance to make a difference in students’ lives and build relationships with them.
“As I grew older, I realized that I was really good at connecting with children, a lot better than connecting with adults. So I started pursuing education because I felt like I could really help establish relationships, which are really important with children. And [it’s] really important to me to establish relationships with students,” Robinson said. “…. Every door has just been opened up in front of me, so I felt like this is what I’m supposed to do. I love being out in the classroom and I love being with the kids. It took a while to get to this point, but I kind of figured it out eventually, and it’s what I’m passionate about now.”
Robinson applied for the Nancy Larson Foundation College Scholarship, and after sending in recommendation letters and writing an essay, he learned he had received the scholarship. Robinson is one of nine people around the country who received it.