Diaz Accepted to West Point


A New Path To West Point

A strange feeling of excitement filled senior Ivan Diaz when he realized he will be attending West Point next fall without doubt. He was full of joy when he got the great news and is excited to start a new path next fall! West Point is highly competitive and only accepts 10 students out of every 100 applicants, which means it is difficult to make an impression on the faculty.

“It feels very exciting to be accepted. It’s been my dream school for a while and now it’s a dream come true knowing I’m going there next fall. I also feel relieved that I don’t have to worry about anything financially because everything is covered,” said Diaz.

Diaz was accepted despite the several requirements to be selected, which were being above average in high school, having good scores on either the ACT or SAT, and being physically fit. It brought him calm energy to know that he won’t have to worry about paying for school.

“What motivated me to not lose hope was a few things. For starters, this is my dream school so I wanted to at least apply and see if I would get in or not. I’d rather apply and get rejected rather than not apply and never know if I could’ve gotten in. Another thing that kept me motivated was receiving a LOA (Letter of Assurance) from West Point back at the end of September. What this meant is that I had a guaranteed spot at West Point as long as I completed my application by November 26 (regular deadline was January 31st) and was medically qualified by April 15. I managed to complete everything by the deadline and once I did, I received my official acceptance from West Point,” said Diaz.

Diaz will join three Phoenix alums who are currently at West Point.

“I absolutely think he will do well! First of all West Point is not a school for everyone so when students do their research they know what all comes along with going there. First you have to want to serve in the Army and be an Army Officer. Second, you should know that unlike regular colleges at West Point there will not be many fraternity parties and hanging out. You are there to train to become a leader and lead the Army and the nation and live by the values of Duty, Honor, Country. I feel that Ivan possesses the grit and discipline to succeed and excel at West Point because he has proven it while at PMA the last four years. His sterling record and GPA proves this,” said SFC Walker.

While Diaz’s tuition at West Point is fully funded, he will also receive pay for his time there. For Diaz the long application process and leadership required were worth the prize.