First-generation student finds ‘home’ at Iowa State, future in kinesiology

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By Isaac Sinclair

Alejandro Martinez is graduating this weekend with a bachelors degree in kinesiology and health. Photo by Christopher Gannon

Alejandro Martinez is a first-generation student that never intended on going to college.

But after going through Upward Bound, a college preparatory program for first-generation and/or income-eligible high school students, and earning the Multicultural Vision Program award, Martinez will graduate from Iowa State University with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and health. 

“I’m a first-generation student, so I hope to inspire others in my community and make an impact, leave a legacy behind,” Martinez said. 

Read the full story on the ISU News Service website.


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Alejandro Martinez, graduating senior,

Chelsea Davis, news service,, 515-294-4778.

Isaac Sinclair, communications assistant, College of Human Sciences,, 515-294-1326.

By Isaac Sinclair