Andrew and Ila Martinez Memorial Scholarship in Public Service

This scholarship is being established in memory of Andrew and Ila Martinez to provide financial assistance to selected students. Andrew “Andy” and Ila Martinez were longtime residents of Huntsville, Texas and were well-known and well-respected members of the community. Married for 63 years, Andy and Ila shared a life dedicated to their faith and their family and to serving others. Andy was a small businessman and ordained Baptist minister. Ile was an elected member of the Huntsville City Council. Huntsville School Board of Trustees, and served as Chairman of the Republican Party of Walker County. Ila was a loving wife, mother, grandmother. great grandmother and homemaker. She was an elected member of the Republican Party of Walker County Executive Committee and a founding member and officeholder of the Walker County Republican Women’s Club. In their later years, Andy and Ila could be found working at the Republican Party Headquarters stuffing envelopes, putting signs together or hosting guests or candidates who were visiting town. Andy and Ila were committed to public service and wanted to do their part to give back to the community and help those in need.