The University of Montana knew Hilary Martens would make a good Grizzly even before she enrolled.
That´s why UM awarded the Missoula native a Presidential Leadership Scholarship when she was an incoming freshman. Since then, Martens has done UM proud.
She received the Goldwater Scholarship for excellence in and commitment to science and the UM Watkins Scholarship for research. She led a fundraising effort to fill the shelves of a children´s library in Guatemala. In 2007, she was named one of Glamour magazine´s Top Ten College Women. Martens joined a team of international scientists to work on NASA´s Cassini Mission to Saturn. And she was inducted into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi in 2005.
Martens capped her career at UM in May when, after graduating with degrees in physics and music and a minor in mathematics, she became just the second Grizzly ever to receive the prestigious Marshall Scholarship.
Now she continues to study science at University College London, where the British government pays all expenses as she works toward her masters.
And Martens is just one of UM´s finest students. The University ranks 17th in the nation and fifth among public universities in producing Rhodes Scholars, with 28. UM has graduated 10 Truman Scholars, 14 Goldwater Scholars and 31 Udall Scholars.
In addition, more than 700 UM grads have served as Peace Corps volunteers. UM ranks 17th for producing volunteers among medium-sized universities and colleges and currently has 23 alumni serving in the corps.