“Ivy League Project changed my life. As a former participant, I learned the importance of networking. I was fortunate to have a mentor who mentored me on the importance of a selective school education. My experience at Yale and Harvard has opened up doors for me that I never would have accessed if it weren’t for the project.”
Dr. Carlos Paz, Ph.D / M.D.
Harvard Medical School
“The most influential aspect of the Ivy League Project was that I came to identify my educational strengths, weaknesses and aspiration in a setting that encouraged personal growth. Though I has always been a strong student academically, I found myself quite lost and insecure during the college application process. For me, the Ivy League Project was a support system that I could count on when I was lost or confused. The project helped me flourish in ways that continue to positively influence my life today.”
Princeton University, 2010
"Giving back is an everyday task for Victor Contreras and James Montoya. Victor and James truly “Share the Spirit” by providing not only the tools to apply to college to students, but motivate them to aspire and understand that the sky is the limit."
Gary C. Kelly
Chairman, President, and CEO Southwest Airlines
“The Ivy League Project, in which I participated in 2006-2007, further refined my newly-acquired values and brought them out for a better "Ignacio", so to speak. The rest after that is history--Mr. Mares, always willing to help, informed me of the PLME program at Brown, where I decided to apply with the hopes of pursuing a career in medicine. Because of the help that the Ivy League Project provided me with, because of exponential growth that has occurred in just the last couple of years as a result, I am where I am today. Hundreds of past and present participants, I'm sure, say the same."
Ignacio Santana, PLME Program, Brown University, 2011
“The Ivy League Project exposed me to a multitude of leadership-building activities and valuable networking opportunities that resulted in a full-ride scholarship to one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in the country, the University of Pennsylvania.”
Rafael Iniguez, University of Pennsylvania, 2006
"The Ivy League Project is a one-in-a-million example of what someone can accomplish when they refuse to take "no" for an answer. What Martin Mares and his students have accomplished over the last decade and a half is nothing short of remarkable. Not content to fall in line with what others told them was their station in life, these young people are audacious enough to believe that they could reach for the stars and that they deserved the very best that the world of higher education had to offer. They work hard. They set their goals high. They never give up. Theirs is a proven formula for success that millions of other young people around this country would be wise to adopt. Take a bow, folks. Here is to many more years of success."
Ruben Navarrette, National Syndicated Columnist
“This year the Ivy League Project sent us a number of applicants for admission. The students whom the project sponsored were Mexican-American from communities that rarely have sent applications to Yale. It is not only an established mission of our admissions process to attempt to attract applicants who are traditionally under-represented in the Yale community, but it is also a joy to find such motivated and qualified applicants inspired by a program such as the one created by Martin Mares. This year three Ivy League Students were accepted to Yale. The program serves a tremendously valuable function for us: preparing students for the rigors of both our application process and our academic community. Without a program such as this one, I imagine fewer such students would have the opportunity to study at Yale. I hope the Ivy League Project continues to receive support from the communities it serves and from all who take an active interest in seeing students from disadvantaged backgrounds given the opportunities they deserve.”
Peter J. Smith, Former Assistant Director of Admission, Yale University