Concert to highlight Opportunity Program dinner
March 22, 2010

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The third annual William Jennings Bryan Opportunity Program dinner on April 15 is more than a pleasant evening with good food and great entertainment – it is the chance to make a difference in a deserving student’s life.

Laurie Gayle Stephenson


“Without the scholarship I received I would not be a student at Bryan,” said Luke Lillard, a sophomore from Chattanooga, Tenn. “I’d probably be working full-time and taking classes at a local community college.”


Forty-one students at Bryan College this year have stories similar to Luke’s. For them, the William Jennings Bryan Opportunity Program (WJBOP) provided funds their families didn’t have, to pay the college tuition, which made it possible for them to enroll.


WJBOP is a guarantee that eligible Tennessee students will receive scholarship and/or grant funds from federal, state, and/or institutional sources that will meet or exceed the cost of tuition at Bryan. Funds for the program come from annual fund-raising dinners and gifts of interested friends of the college.


Steve Amerson

This year’s dinner will be at the Chattanooga Convention Center, beginning with a reception at 6 pm. Headlining the entertainment will be Laurie Gayle Stephenson, who starred for two years on Broadway as Christine Daae in “Phantom of the Opera,” and Steve Amerson, a tenor whose voice has been heard in movies, television shows and commercials. He has been a soloist for events including Moody Bible Institute’s Founders Week and Billy Graham Crusades.


Tickets for the dinner are $50 per person and must be reserved by April 8 by calling 423.775.7323.