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Five Pueblo Students Selected for Ivy League Project

Posted November 5, 2014

Five Tucson Unified School District students have been chosen for the Ivy League Project, a two-year program that develops students' leadership and academic skills, takes them on a tour of the East Coast and prepares them to apply for and attend Ivy League institutions.

The selected TUSD students are all from Pueblo Magnet High School. They are Topacio Salazar, Esmeralda Salazar, Ciara Lugo, Shaira Perez Flores and Damaris Ponce.

Only 22 students were selected in the state.

The Arizona Ivy League Project is open to sophomores and juniors who come from an economically disadvantaged background and have at least a 3.75 grade average. The application process includes providing teacher recommendations, writing three essays and undergoing an interview with an admissions panel.

In the first year of the program, students attend at least 10 workshops and focus on networking, developing oral communication skills, community service, and developing their leadership skills via team-building activities. The year ends with a trip to the East Coast to tour campuses and meet with university personnel.

The second year of the program focuses on applications, essays, preparing for interviews, and applying for scholarships.

The Pueblo students will be holding fundraisers to cover the cost of the East Coast trip. They can also accept tax-credit donations. Go to our tax credit page to learn more about making a donation.

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Topacio Salazar, Esmeralda Salazar, Ciara Lugo, Shaira Perez Flores, Damaris Ponce.