Wow, that is impressive. Even if he is not selected, what an honor to be a candidate. My grandson is 18 next month and plans to go to college. I was surprised to find out he wants to get a divinity degree, and be a minister. His parents are not religious, my daughter was raised a JW, but never became one (for which I am profoundly grateful). His dad was raised Seventh Day Adventist, but doesn't practice. My grandson attended with his other grandmother, and went to SDA schools his entire life. He has been mentored by the youth pastor. I am not crazy about SDA, too close to JW, but it wasn't my decision, and he seems to be thriving, and is a mature and responsible kid. His goal is to have his own non denomination church someday, which tells me he is not locked in as SDA. While it is not Harvard, I am sure far from it, I am proud that he is doing it on his own with scholarships and loans. My JW mother is probably rolling over in her grave, but I am happy he is spiritually inclined. His mother attempted suicide several times as a teen, and his father got kicked out of two schools for fighting, so I had some concerns as to how he would turn out, I would never have hoped he would be the happy, well adjusted teen that he is.
Again congrats on your grandson