Marcus Montaño (’12) Launches the “Get Out of Town Scholarship” to Help UHS Students See the World

Credit: Jes Ruvalcaba, TUSD Media

On Friday, May 19th, Marcus Montaño (’12) delivered a scholarship check for $1,600 to UHS sophomore Chao Angela Nachampassak to pay for her participation in a summer program at Georgetown University.

The gift was the first awarded through the Get Out of Town Scholarship, which Marcus started to help first generation college-bound students from low income backgrounds afford opportunities to travel and participate in programs that are often out of their reach.

The motivation to start this scholarship came from Marcus’s own experiences, which he describes in his description of the scholarship:

“Growing up, I didn’t travel much and quite frankly, that served as motivation during tough times. I aspired to be in a position where I’d be able to travel the globe one day. I’ve always had a genuine curiosity about the world around me.

“The first time I really spent time away from my home town was the summer between my junior and senior year of high school. I was fortunate enough to receive scholarships to attend the Wharton Sports Business Academy and the Economics for Leaders Conference at Cornell. This was a game changer for me.

“I was exposed to environments and cultures that I could not experience by Google searching. I was able to build networks from every corner of the country and, for the first time, I felt like I was leveling my own playing field; travel scholarships made this possible for me.

“After these life changing experiences, I promised myself that I would one day develop a way to give students the opportunities to pursue summer educational programs that also allowed them to explore the world. I wanted to ensure that cost wouldn’t be a barrier for 1st generation, low-income students like myself.

“Please consider donating to this scholarship fund. Your contributions and support will directly enable students to attend summer programs throughout the country!”

If you would like to support this program, visit the scholarship’s donation page: https://fundrazr.com/getoutoftownscholarship.

After graduating from University High School, Marcus attended Duke University where he studied history, economics, and political science.  He is currently working in Washington D.C for a political consulting firm as a finance associate, where he also works on specific issues, campaigns, and events when necessary.

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