After graduating from FAMU, Jathan Martin is pursuing a masters degree in religion at Yale University.

After graduating as salutatorian for the Class of 2014 at Franklin County High School, Martin, son of Leonard and Sheila Martin, of Apalachicola, studied at Florida A & M University on a full scholarship. He graduated magna cum laude in Spring 2017, at the age of 20, with a bachelor of science degree in political science.

Over the last few years, Martin sought to distinguish himself as a politically engaged student, successfully completing internships within each branch of the government. He served his campus community as the sophomore class president, a junior senator in the 46th Student Senate, and as an official university recruiter.

Witnessing how the value of education had depreciated pushed him to start an organization “Matriculate LLC,” a mentoring program designed to inspire middle and high school students to view college as a vital option. Through these experiences, Martin exposed himself to the delicate, yet vital, interplay of politics, the arts, and the field of education.

After his FAMU graduation, Martin relocated to Brooklyn, New York, where he became a fifth and sixth grade reading teacher at Brownsville Collegiate Charter School.

Martin is attending Yale on a full scholarship, as he pursues a master of arts in religion, with a concentration in Black Religion of the African Diaspora.