Nathan Abreu, a 2009 Robertson High School graduate, has been selected as the recipient of the annual Michael William Marr Memorial Scholarship.
The Marr Scholarship has been awarded annually since the 1981-82 school year to a Robertson student athlete who excelled academically and participated in the football program.
An outstanding scholar athlete, Abreu was the recipient of many academic and athletic honors during his high school career. Some of his awards included Who’s Who Among minority leaders, Who’s Who Among All American High School Students, Congressional Student Leadership Award, National Society of High School Scholars and National Scholars Honor Society.
Abreu participated in four sports and received many prestigious honors. A member of the Robertson’s Cardinal state football championship teams, state champion wresting teams, track championship teams and district championship teams,
Abreu received All-District and All-State Honor and received the Defensive Player of the Year Award his senior year. He was also state track qualifier and a member of the Roberson baseball team, where he received all-district baseball honors and was named to the New Mexico Preps all-tourney first team. A member of the Math, Engineering, Science Achievement Program, Abreu also received the Rotary Student of the Month award.
A letter of recommendation from one of Abreu’s teachers states, “Nathan Abreu is a positive role model for other students to emulate. He exemplified the student-athlete. He is respectful, responsible and a true gentleman. He is well-liked and respected by his peers, teachers, coaches and administrators. He will be a prize addition to any institution of higher learning.”
The son of Rick and Denise Abreu, Nathan plans to pursue sports medicine and exercise science. He will begin his freshman year at New Mexico Highlands University.
The Michael Marr Scholarship has helped fund the college education of 27 other outstanding Robertson graduates and has awarded more than $25,000. The Marr Scholarship was established in 1981 in memory of Michael Marr, a former math teacher, head football coach and baseball coach at Robertson who was tragically killed in a car accident. The Marr Gymnasium was named in his honor in 1983 and Marr was the first inductee to the Las Vegas City Schools Wall of Honor in 2007. In 2005, Marr also received a posthumous induction to the Highlands University Athletic Hall of Honor.
Donations to the Marr Scholarship Fund can be made at any time directly to the Community First Bank in Las Vegas.
The selection committee consists of Charlie Hillis, Cordell Halverson, John Pacheco, Latania Marr, the retired Rev. S. Griego and LouElla Marr-Montoya.
Past recipients of Marr scholarship
1982: Peter Ortiz, Seward Junior College
1983: James Manzanares, New Mexico State University
1984: Donald Maes, University of New Mexico
1985: Eric Cornejo, Adams State College
1986: David Vigil, New Mexico Highlands University
1987: Herman Gallegos, New Mexico Highlands University
1988: Daniel Harrison, New Mexico State University
1989: Phillip Leger, New Mexico Highlands University
1990: Fred Romero, New Mexico Highlands University
1991: William Fernandez, Saint Mary’s San Antonio
1992: William Leger, University of New Mexico
1993: Tony Williams, New Mexico Highlands University
1994: Zachary Martinez, New Mexico Highlands University
1995: Daniel Vigil, University of New Mexico
1996: Christopher Montoya, University of New Mexico
1997: Edmund Ekeoha, New Mexico Highlands University
1998: Jason Cassidy, New Mexico State University
1999: John Paul McDaris, University of New Mexico
2000: Andres Padilla, New Mexico Highlands University
2001: Glenn Marrujo, Luna Community College
2002: Andrew Sisneros, Dana College-Blair, Nebraska
2003: Derek Benavidez, University of New Mexico
2004: Kelechi Okoro, University of New Mexico
2005: Joseph R. Valdez Jr., U.S. Air Force Academy
2006: Adam Martinez, New Mexico Highlands University
2007: Ethan J. Maestas, New Mexico State University
2008: Jake Martinez, University of New Mexico
2009: Nathan Abreu, New Mexico Highlands University