Senior receives full scholarship to Ivy League school

Isaiah Guzman
With Isaiah, displaying his acceptance letter, are counselor Rachel Bazan-Shipp (left) and Interim Principal Adrianna Arredondo.

 The Ivy League is in the future for Travis Early College High School’s Isaiah Guzman.

Isaiah has been accepted into Columbia University, where he will start classes this fall to major in English with aspirations of teaching this subject as a college professor.

Isaiah was among 767 students chosen from 5,338 finalists to receive a full, four-year QuestBridge scholarship through the organization’s National College Match program. The program matches top students with the nation’s top colleges.

“Teaching is my passion,” he said of his chosen future profession.

Because Isaiah has a wide variety of interests, he considers English the perfect subject for him to teach.

“English covers so many disciplines, including history and science, and the knowledge of so many other subjects can be needed to fully understand literature,” he said.

In addition to teaching, Isaiah said he would like to be a writer.

Besides his proud counselor and interim principal, he attributes his success to part-time counselor Jeffrey Blum, and expressed appreciation to English teachers Frances Santos and Cassandra Vara for their encouragement and vigilance in making sure his scholarship application essays were the best that they could be.

The seemingly incredible odds of being among the select few chosen for QuestBridge is humbling, he said, adding that he would like to use his experience to inspire others.

“I want to encourage students who might think this type of scholarship is beyond their reach to go for it.”