Nation citizen and University of Arkansas senior Taylor Martin
has been named to the Arkansas Alumni Association's first
class of "Seniors of Significance." Here she is presented
a gold chord to signify the honor, which she is expected to
wear during the university's May 9 commencement. (courtesy
Fayetteville, AR Cherokee Nation citizen and University
of Arkansas senior Taylor Martin has been named to the Arkansas
Alumni Association's first class of "Seniors of Significance."
The 22-year-old from Tontitown was expected to receive a bachelor's
degree in computer engineering in May. She was among 71 graduating
seniors, commemorating the university's founding date of 1871, chosen
from 400 nominees to receive the "Seniors of Significance" award.
Each "Senior of Significance" received a special honor gold
cord to wear during graduation.
"I felt so honored to have even been nominated for this award,
as many of my fellow students were just as qualified for it. I am
so blessed to have received the award and it means the world to
be able to represent our senior class with such an honor," Martin
The 71 students represent each Arkansas undergraduate academic
college, 11 states and two countries.
"These are exceptional seniors who combine academic achievement,
leadership skills and substantial extracurricular campus and/or
community activities," stated a university press release.
Martin said her experience at the university has been "incredible."
"My degree program has proved to be very demanding, but the
community that I have been surrounded with through it all, faculty
and students included, has made it so enjoyable," she said. "I would
have to say that the group of friends that I have made within my
degree program has been one of the most memorable aspects of my
time here at Arkansas. They have been there for me through thick
and thin, and I wouldn't trade that for the world."
Her father, David Martin, said Taylor was the recipient of a
CN scholarship for the past three years, which assisted her in covering
the college expenses "she was 100 percent responsible for."
"The Cherokee Nation scholarship was a tremendous help for my
college career. Between it and a university-sponsored scholarship,
I was able to attend college and come out debt free, which is a
blessing in itself," she said.
After graduation, she is expected to work for Wal-Mart's Information
Systems Division in Bentonville, where she said she would be part
of an information technology program.
Her father agreed with the words of Principal Chief Bill John
Baker who recently wrote, "Our college scholarship recipients embody
some of the most important values we hold as a tribe, including
personal accountability and community and responsibility."
"I believe Taylor's accomplishment demonstrates those values
and understanding the necessity of a college education in order
for one to realize a better quality of life and bright future for
Cherokees," David said.