Martin Mares

Founder, Ivy League Project

Parlier, California

Martin founded the Ivy League Project in 1992 to encourage economically disadvantaged students to apply to the most prestigious universities in America. The program selects the most talented and promising students in 10th and 11th grades.

Based in Parlier, California, the project started with six students. To date, there are over 920 students that have gone through the program and hundreds that have enrolled or graduated from Ivy League schools. There are several other regional Ivy League programs that have been created using the model he created. Mares works closely to expand available resources to students throughout California and Arizona.

Martin is the assistant superintendent of Parlier Unified.

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