Rubik's Cube Maven, Cooke Scholar, and Future Pediatrician


Isla Martinez-Iglesias can solve a Rubik’s Cube in 46 seconds. “It looks so complex and I never thought that I was smart enough to do something like that,” she says. “When I did it, I proved to myself that I really could do anything I wanted to – so it motivated me to apply to college.”

While attending Manor College, Isla became vice president of her Phi Theta Kappa chapter and president of the student government. She additionally made time to tutor chemistry, intern at the Philadelphia Zoo, and volunteer – all while making the grades to be valedictorian of her graduating class and secure a spot at La Salle University.

A recipient of our Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, Isla is now studying biology and chemistry with the hopes of becoming a pediatrician. “I just really feel passionate about helping young kids from the beginning of their life. I think their physical and mental health is very important and it really gets them on the right track to a great future and I would love to be a part of that.”

She also has a message for current community college students:

“See how far you can go! Apply today.”

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