As the first person to receive a high school diploma from a publicly funded school, Jodie Martinez is making a major statement in the history books.
The Los Angeles high school junior has been awarded the coveted Ivy League Scholarship by the National Endowment for the Humanities, one of the highest honors in higher education, and is the first trans student in the US to receive the award, according to a statement from the National LGBTQ Task Force.
This is not a surprise.
Jodi has been working tirelessly to get her life on track and to build her academic future in an environment that allows her to be herself.
She is an award-winning performer and an advocate for transgender students, she said.
Jodie and her classmates will attend the prestigious Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CAS) in Cambridge, Massachusetts, to celebrate the scholarship.
Jotz and Martinez have been traveling extensively throughout the country to promote the scholarship and her accomplishment, according, the CAS statement.CAS is one of many institutions that have been recognizing transgender students since the beginning of the year, the statement said.
It was announced by CAS in January and the award has been given to 11 trans students.
The CAS Scholarship will enable Jody to attend a program that is designed to prepare her to pursue a career in astrophysics, according the statement.
Jodi and her peers are excited about her upcoming trip to Harvard.
They have been preparing for the trip for a few months now and have been working on her presentation, according Jodijie’s parents.
The presentation will be held at the Harvard Center for Advancing LGBT Equality, where the CAS Scholarship award is currently being conferred, the family said in the statement provided to The Daily Beast.
The family is working to ensure the scholarship recipient’s academic success, and to ensure that she will be able to afford her own transportation and to attend medical school.
Jotz has been active in helping other trans students and their families, according her parents, and she has taken on a role in helping with the CAS Foundation, a philanthropic organization dedicated to helping students and families of trans youth.
Jolanda Smith, the executive director of the CAS scholarship and grant program, said that the foundation will be looking into the details of the scholarship application process.
The family hopes that Jodia and her friends can make the trip and get a spot at Harvard.