One of our greatest joys at Ivy Coach is to be in the service of some of America’s most remarkable veterans. As our loyal readers may know, our pro bono services at Ivy Coach are reserved exclusively for the brave men and women who have served our nation in uniform. While our pro bono services used to be open to other deserving groups, some years ago we came to the realization that there were so many veterans who needed help navigating the highly selective college admissions process — and they’re deserving of an exclusive pro bono service: one just for them. That’s right. Only veterans of the United States Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard need apply.
One of the students we had the great privilege of working with this year was Pablo Chavez-Hernandez. Pablo will be the first in his family to attend college — and he’s not just going to any college. He’s going to one of the world’s finest: Columbia University. At Columbia, Pablo — who has served as a lab technician in the United States Army — intends to pursue his passion for environmental sciences. As a young man who has already helped make our world safer by protecting crops — and our world’s citizens — from dangers like chemical warfare, it doesn’t take a huge leap of faith to guess that Pablo is going to make significant contributions to the field of environmental science in his lifetime. He’s already done so.
While Pablo feels he is lucky to have earned admission to Columbia University because that’s the kind of person Pablo is, we would argue that Columbia is the lucky one to have such a remarkable young man in its student body. Congratulations to Pablo. And congratulations to Columbia!
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