Jason and former Central Catholic High School classmates, Matt McDermott, Nicole Miller, and Fortune Kalala with CSF Executive Director, Mike Reardon.
“STELLAR STUDENT” TURNED “STELLAR SUPPORTER”
When Jason Martinez, CSF Scholar Class of 2012 from Central Catholic High School, received his scholarship award from the Catholic Schools Foundation in 2008, he never imagined that a few years down the road, he would be gainfully employed at one of Boston’s top businesses and in a position to give back to the very organization that had helped him reach such success. He never imagined that he would have an opportunity to raise money that would directly impact students from his hometown in Lawrence so that they too could receive a life-changing education. “I’d have to say that I owe it all to receiving such a great education at Central Catholic,” said Jason.
In January, Jason, along with three of his former Central Catholic High School classmates joined the Inner-City Scholarship Fund’s Young Leader Dinner Committee, a group that dedicates four months each year to raising $100K for student scholarships. The committee is comprised of 30 young professionals from 21 Boston area companies. Jason not only joins his former high school classmates, but also six of his State Street colleagues, making up the largest cohort from a single business on the committee.
Growing up in Lawrence without many resources, Jason thought his ticket out would be the NBA. “That changed around the time I realized that I wasn’t going to grow passed 5’10”,” Jason recalls, laughing. “After that, I realized that a good education would be the key to success.” Jason attended public school through the eighth grade until staff members of the Boys and Girls Club where he frequented, encouraged him and helped him apply to private schools. Once accepted at Central Catholic High School, his family worried about covering the cost of tuition. Fortunately for Jason, Central Catholic offered him a substantial financial aid package that included an award from the Catholic Schools Foundation—these scholarships, in combination, made his dream of a great education possible.
After graduation in 2012, Jason went on to Bentley University where he made the Dean’s List every semester. He became one of the first people in his family to attend college, saying, “My family members look up to me. To you, I may seem like a very average person, but to my family, I am successful and a role model for many of them.” During his junior year, Jason interned at State Street on the Global Finance Team. He returned his senior year to intern for the State Street Global Markets’ Finance Division. Hard work paid off once again when Jason was offered a full-time position at State Street upon graduation in May 2016.
Now successfully employed as a member of State Street’s Professional Development Program, Jason was ready to give back. When he heard about State Street’s involvement with and support of the Inner-City Scholarship Fund—Mike Rogers, President and COO of State Street is on CSF’s Board of Trustees, Jay Hooley, CEO of State Street is on CSF’s Dinner Committee, and many State Street young professionals are members of CSF’s Young Leaders Program—Jason knew it would be a perfect fit. Given his unique connection with the organization, Jason was asked to give closing remarks to the Young Leader Dinner Committee after their kick-off meeting on January 10th at PricewaterhouseCoopers—“If you’re wondering how far your dollars will go, look no further. I am living proof that every penny raised for the Catholic Schools Foundation goes a great distance. I can honestly say that I owe all of my success in life to my Catholic education. Let’s help more kids like me.”