Hudson Catholic student offered
scholarship to Villanova
Article from The Catholic Advocate Back to School September 12, 2018
Jonathan Marte (center) with his family and President/Principal of Hudson Catholic Richard Garibell (right)
JERSEY CITY—Jonathan Marte, a junior at Hudson Catholic Regional
High School, has been selected as an O’Toole Family Presidential
Scholarship recipient. The scholarship committee selected Marte
from several hundred applicants to receive the prestigious honor, which
includes full tuition and room and board at Villanova University.
The O’Toole Family Presidential Scholarship fund was created to ensure
that a Villanova education is economically accessible for students who
demonstrate academic achievement, leadership ability and a potential
for future development.
Marte described the application process as rigorous, but said he enjoyed
the challenge. “The most difficult part was the essay because it
asked a very simple question that required a lot of thinking and creativity
so that the reader got to know me in a few short paragraphs,” he said.
Applicants also had to submit letters of recommendation and were
interviewed twice. When asked what inspired him to apply and what
motivates him, Marte described the positive impact his older sister has
had on his life. “She had half the things I do growing up, but she made
something of herself, so I strive to be as exceptional as her.”
Over the summer, Marte participated in several programs at Villanova
University to further prepare him for college. He also plans to take
several college courses at St. Peter’s University through the Accelerated
College Experience program, and he will work to maintain his 95 GPA
in honors and AP courses at Hudson Catholic this school year.
Marte’s uncle Juan Franco said he is not surprised by his nephew’s
busy schedule. “We always knew that Jonathan would do great things.
When he focuses on something, he never stops working for it. We are
just very proud of him,” he noted.