New Haven, Conn. – The Yale University Office of Undergraduate Admissions announced last Monday that McKinney Boyd High School AP social studies teacher Scott Martin has been selected as a recipient of the 2016 Yale Educator Award.
The Yale Educator Recognition Program recognizes outstanding educators from around the world who support and inspire their students to perform at high levels and to achieve excellence. Of this year’s 326 nominees, who represent 33 states and 24 countries, 55 teachers and 28 counselors were selected to receive the award.
Matriculating students are invited to nominate high school educators, and a committee of Yale admissions officers reviews each nomination individually and designates recipients. In September, the winners were sent engraved desk sets and congratulatory letters, and administrators of the high schools were notified of their achievement. Larissa Martinez, the 2016 valedictorian of McKinney Boyd High School nominated Martin.
“I am extremely honored to receive this recognition from such a prestigious university and even more honored to receive the nomination from such a special student who had such a profound impact on my life,” said Martin. “Larissa achieved so much through her hard work and determination, and she serves as an inspiration to so many people. I look forward to seeing all she accomplishes in her future at Yale and beyond.
“Receiving the Yale Educator Award is a very humbling experience,” added Martin. “My goal every day is to help students achieve greatness in every level of their life. I want students to see me as an asset and to use me to help them reach their goals, whatever they may be.”
Yale is a top research university with a unique emphasis on undergraduate liberal arts education. All 5,400 undergraduate students enroll in Yale College, which offers more than 80 majors and hundreds of opportunities to conduct groundbreaking research. Undergraduates at Yale come from all 50 states and more than 70 foreign countries. More than 14 percent of Yale students will be the first in their families to complete a four-year degree, and 40 percent are U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents who identify as members of a minority group. Yale offers admission to students without regard to their ability to pay and meets 100 percent of every student’s financial need with an award that does not include loans. Currently 64 percent of Yale undergraduates receive financial assistance, and Yale budgets $121 million annually for need-based financial aid. The 1,373 members of the Yale Class of 2020 who began their first semester in August 2016 graduated from more than 1,000 different high schools, 60 percent of which are public schools.
The Yale Admissions Office attributes the exceptional quality of the Yale student body to educators like these recipients of the 2016 Yale Educator Award, who shape their students long before they attend Yale. The Admissions Office is proud to thank these and all educators for their ongoing efforts in motivating and supporting their students.