- Both of his parents work in a factory and have minimal formal education, so Martin set an example for his two younger siblings by being the first in his family to attend college.
- After getting into trouble at 13 years old, Martin straightened himself out and was ranked in the top 10% at his high school.
- At Phoenix Academy, Martin earned a reputation as being “high speed” among his peers, a term used in the military for a reliable and prepared cadet. A recommender said of Martin: “I have had the wonderful experience of training full-time soldiers, and have never seen anyone with this caliber of academic ability and leadership potential as Cadet Bellido.”
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS
Class of 2018