Jack Green ‘18 is driven to fulfill a life of impact.
He enters the famed Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania at a time when it is rated as the best business school in the United States for the first time by Forbes in its 10th biennial rankings in part to the highest salaries for alumni five years after leaving school.
And before arriving on campus Green has already carved a notable distinction among that incoming freshman class. He is one of only 125 graduating high school seniors from across the United States who qualified for the exclusive four-year Immediate Scholarship Reservation (ISR) as part of the Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program.
Green parlayed his stellar academic credentials and profile with the ROTC commitment into full tuition and additional financial benefits up to $180,000. Last fall his strongly competitive ACT score, coupled with his St. Thomas GPA and extensive extracurriculars, immediately accelerated his ROTC application. During the interview process, he emphatically conveyed the persistence, perseverance, compassion and character qualities the Navy seeks to separate from the pack of applicants.
“This is all about leadership,” Green said. “To me, that’s what the military embodies more than anything else. That was the thrust in all my essays and one-on-one encounters with interviewers. There’s no question that the combination of Wharton and the Navy will give me the means to grow as the leader I strive to be in any role I find myself professionally and personally.”
The Navy ROTC program requires students to gain college admittance on their own merits then seek to apply the scholarship to five select university destinations in order of preference.
Green originally positioned Harvard University as his preferred choice with UPenn number two. But just prior to the admissions deadlines in the spring he received a call from a university representative his immediate Ivy League interest.
“I told him I would absolutely commit if offered the opportunity,” Green said. “Within a week I was notified I had received the recommendation and I was in Wharton.”