Goddard Graduates

Goddard supports students beyond kindergarten by instilling a love of learning early on. We continue that support by offering the Anthony A. Martino Memorial Scholarship to high school students who started their educational journey at a Goddard School.

Kira Young

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Kira Young
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2022 Anthony A. Martino Memorial Scholarship Winner

Kira Young

We received many amazing Anthony A. Martino Memorial Scholarship submissions making it hard to choose just one recipient. After narrowing down our finalists, we’re excited to announce our winner, Kira Young! Congratulations, Kira!

Kira graduated from South Forsyth High School, and back in 2010, she graduated from The Goddard School® of Suwanee (Old Atlanta), GA. Kira will attend Emory University and plans to study psychology.

Kira Young

Kira is a mental health advocate who launched several initiatives aimed at promoting mental health awareness and offering resources on the topic. She founded The Power of Okay, a website filled with mental health topics including interviews with mental health professionals and wellness advice. Kira also partnered with her high school to start Operation Positivity, a program that enables students to promote mental health awareness and spread positivity throughout the school.

Kira remembers her time at The Goddard School fondly. “In addition to providing me with a lifelong love of learning, The Goddard School taught me how to show compassion and advocate for the people and things I believe in,” she says. “Reflecting on my school experience, it was The Goddard School that ignited my drive to explore new things and allow my passions to develop into various projects.”

Kira will attend Emory University in Atlanta majoring in psychology. She plans on attending graduate school for a doctorate in psychology to empower others to make a positive impact on the world — something she credits Goddard for teaching her.

We wish Kira so much luck as she follows her dreams! 

The Anthony A. Martino Memorial Scholarship

Since 2008, Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) has awarded the $10,000 Anthony A. Martino Memorial Scholarship to a senior in high school who graduated from either a pre-kindergarten or kindergarten program at a Goddard School. The scholarship is named in memory of the founder of The Goddard School® franchise system, Anthony A. Martino, an entrepreneur who started several other well-known franchise companies. Winners demonstrate the work ethic and perseverance that exemplifies Martino’s commitment to his career, family and community.

  • Scholarship Criteria

    Applicants must be:

    • The applicant must be a graduate of a Goddard School pre-kindergarten or kindergarten program. Goddard Systems, Inc. may verify the information provided by the applicant.
    • The applicant must be a high school senior who is a U.S. citizen, a permanent resident or a non-U.S. citizen living legally in the United States.
    • The written essay and video submitted with each application must be the original work of the applicant and may not contain the work, including the intellectual property, of others. This includes non-original music.


    GSI reserves the right to review the conditions and procedures of this scholarship and to make changes, which may include the termination of the scholarship, at any time.

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