Julie Martin Memorial Scholarship
The Julie Martin Memorial Scholarship



In 2002 Madonna University established the Julie Martin Memorial Scholarship to honor the memory of former Madonna volleyball student-athlete and graduate, Julie Martin. Unfortunately, Julie was taken from us in late August, 2000, a victim of cancer. The scholarship is annually awarded to a Madonna University student-athlete who best exemplifies the characteristics that Julie did: Selflessness, dedication to your team and academics.

At this point in time, the fund is able to provide a partial scholarship to a student-athlete, However, the ultimate goal of the Julie Martin Memorial Scholarship Fund is to provide a deserving student-athlete with a full scholarship to attend Madonna University.  Therefore, our fund raising efforts are ongoing!

Julie was a star in every sense of the word. She came to Madonna a shy, introverted freshman and left a well established, confident woman. Along the way, she also made her mark on Madonna University and, especially, on her teammates and friends.

As a player, Julie was second to none. She dominated the net in a way not many players can at the collegiate level. She worked hard in every facet of the game to develop her conditioning, her blocking and her hitting. Her work helped Madonna to three NAIA National Tournaments in her four year career. In 1996 she was named a second team All-American.

While her volleyball accomplishments are impressive, they pale compared to the person and friend she was. Every one of us who had the pleasure to know Julie remembers a wonderful human being. She was, quite simply, as nice and as good as they come. No fancy words are needed to describe her. She was who she was. She put on no false fronts-no phoniness. Julie was Julie. She affected more lives in her short stay with us than most do in a lifetime. Though her physical presence may no longer be in the gym, Julie Martin will always be there. Every time we enter the gym, Julie is in our hearts and assuredly in someone's thoughts. Madonna volleyball has never had a better member to its family.

The memorial scholarship fund continues to remind all of us that life is short. More importantly, hopefully it will force us to live life like Julie Martin. She was the perfect role model for living life. Simple. Sweet. Honest. Sincere. It was so simple for her to be that way. At least she sure made it seem simple. This is, perhaps, the lesson we all should learn from our friend.

Julie will be missed. But, she will be forever in the hearts of Madonna University and Madonna volleyball.
Julie Martin Memorial Scholarship Recipients

2006-07: Heather Spooner - Volleyball
2007-08: Isaac Saint John - Men's Soccer
2008-09: Sheryl Jager - Women's Basketball
2009-10: Justin Taurence - Men's Golf
2010-11: Ashley Shay - Softball
2011-12: Amber Rafko - Softball
2012-13 - Kristie Porada - Women's Basketball
2013-14 - Liliana Serratos - Women's Soccer
2014-15 - Kayla Vogel - Volleyball
2015-16 - Ryan Freemantle - Baseball
Starting in 2010, the annual scholarshp dinner was combined with the annual Blue and Gold Awards, the Madonna University Athletic Department's premier event.

Donations to the scholarship fund can be sent to the Madonna University Athletic Department at the address below with checks made out to Madonna University and "Julie Martin Memorial Scholarship" in the memo line.

Madonna University Athletics
C/O Julie Martin Memorial Scholarship
36600 Schoolcraft Road
Livonia, MI 48150

VIdeo produced by former volleyball student-athlete Lauren Mora