Joseph A. Martin

Joseph A. Martin

Upon graduating from Tumwater High School, Joe Martin enrolled in the Welding Technology program at the Olympia Technical Community College (later to become South Puget Sound Community College). While there, Joe learned many welding techniques. He was intrigued with the artistry and science behind melding metal and heat to create function and form.

Joe was awarded a Certificate in Welding Technology in 1983, and went on to use his welding skills and abilities throughout a successful career in the mechanical contracting trade. Welding also provided Joe with an outlet for his creative, artistic side. He was passionate about welding whether at home in his shop or on the job. Anyone who saw his work also saw his obvious talent and craftsmanship.

The Joseph A. Martin Memorial Scholarship through the SPSCC Foundation was established in the spirit of Joe and to honor his love of welding. For future generations with a similar interest, it represents an opportunity to gain the skills and knowledge that can turn a passion for welding into a career. For those of us who love and remember Joe, it is a fitting tribute to a man who had so much enthusiasm for life and those he loved. He would be honored to know his legacy will be one of helping others to achieve their goals.


Kevin Shellman, 2012 recipient:
“Returning to school has been an enlightening experience, one that has in fact humbled me.”

Jerome Moore, 2011 recipient:
“This Scholarship will help to ensure my continued success at pursuing my educational goals.”

Christopher Norton, 2010 recipient:
“As an adult I am able to look at my past and learn from mistakes made and create a better future for myself and my future family. I look forward to putting the skills I have learned through my education to use.”

Bryan Taylor, 2009 recipient:
“Receiving this scholarship motivates me to maintain my GPA and to complete my degree. I look forward to being able to give back to the community once I begin my welding career.”