Bioscience HS Senior Martín Blair Earns the Prestigious Flinn Foundation Scholarship

Posted by Community Relations on 5/3/2016

Senior Martín Blair has earned the prestigious Flinn Foundation Scholarship, one of only twenty in Arizona.   This year, 761 students applied for the scholarship, valued at more than $115,000. It includes tuition at one of the three state universities, funding for room and board, support for at least two study-abroad experiences and an off-campus internship.   Blair will be attending ASU’s Barrett Honors College. 

Blair scored a 4 (five is top score) on an Advanced Placement Physics exam, studying on his own because his school doesn’t have AP. He has He has taken honors level courses in engineering, and is concurrently earning college credit in Sustainability and Chemistry at ASU. Blair, who has been working with vehicles all his life, interned at Local Motors, a company that has developed the world’s first 3-D printed car using ad drivetrain Blair designed. His unpaid internship has developed into a part-time job with the company. According to his counselor, “what sets him apart is his visionary ability to convert engineering designing principles into creative answers to mechanical challenges.”

Blair, whose first language was Spanish, has dual citizenship in the U.S. and Peru, and has traveled extensively to Mexico, China, Australia and Cuba. But he wants to stay here, for family, and so that he can continue his work with Local Motors, designing and engineering cars of the future.

Blair is also the Arizona winner of the statewide AXA Foundation Achievement Scholarship, worth $10,000 and was named the national winner, worth another $15,000.   Cory Waxman was his nominating teacher.  These 52 nationalstudents are recognized for their demonstrated ambition, drive and dedication, and the ability to achieve in college.  Highlighted on the AXA Foundation website, “Blair started the Sustainable Transportation Initiative to reduce the carbon emissions of the Bioscience High School Community.  He designed and built a hybrid electric vehicle, launched community-based challenges and constructed electric bikes, which he made available to the community.  Through Martin’s initiative, the school saw a significant decrease in the carbon emission.”