North urges support for Opportunity Program
April 15, 2011

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 America’s future depends on the kind of individuals Oliver North has met covering combat operations in the war on terror, men and women like the students at Bryan College who benefit from the Bryan Opportunity Program, Lt. Col. North said April 14 in Chattanooga.

From left are Bryan President Dr. Stephen D. Livesay; Lt. Col. Oliver North; Bryan Trustee Chairman John Haynes; and Maj. Gen. Mastin Robeson, U.S. Marine Corps, retired, who introduced Lt. Col. North. (Photos by Atomic Dots Photography)

 
Speaking at the fourth annual Bryan Opportunity Program dinner, Lt. Col. North said in his combat assignments for Fox News he is able “to keep company with heroes.” America’s military personnel display heroic courage, tenacity, and intensity because of their faith: “They know where they are going and why they are going there,” he said
 
“I am convinced that the future of our country rests not just in the military but in having (this type of men and women) in every walk of life, people who know where they are going and why they are going there.”
 

Lt. Col. North
He pointed out that the program, which provides financial assistance to academically qualified Tennessee students from low-income families, helps produce men and women who live, not simply profess their faith. “That’s the kind of people we need at every level of government, of society, in the media,” he said.
 
During the dinner, the 480 persons present pledged $74,000 to the program, according to Bryan vice president for Advancement Blake Hudson. “With previous commitments and a matching gift, we have raised $225,000, and we still have proposals outstanding to several foundations and individuals, so we expect this number to grow,” he said.
 
This year, 56 students benefit from the Bryan Opportunity Program, and the college has a goal to make funds available for 70 for the coming year.
 
Seth Flores, a student in the opportunity program, said the thought of attending a private school like Bryan was impossible apart from the grant he received. “That was the gateway God used to get me to Bryan.
 
“Four or five years ago, people sitting where you are sitting did something Christians don’t do very often. Christians invest in missionaries and other workers, but don’t often invest in students,” he said. “For the 55 other people not up here with me, thank you for being here and for considering how God might use you to radically shape someone’s life as you have mine.”