The Bryan Opportunity Program helps make Bryan College accessible to academically qualified Tennessee students with significant financial need. The program guarantees that eligible students will receive scholarship and/or grant funds to meet or exceed the cost of tuition at Bryan College. Over $1,000,000 has been raised, and 159 students have benefitted from this program since its inception in 2008. 67 students are currently enrolled at Bryan thanks to this program.
Luke Zamperini is the son of Louis Zamperini, one of World War II’s most well-known prisoners of war and hero of the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. Louis Zamperini is the subject of Laura Hillenbrand’s latest book, Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption.
A feature film based on the book Unbroken will hit theaters on December 25, 2014. The film, which is in the pre-production phase with Universal, will be directed by Angelina Jolie. Ms. Jolie began fighting for an opportunity to direct Louis’ story after reading Laura Hillenbrand’s book. Ms. Jolie has called Louis a “true hero and a man of immense humanity, faith and courage.”
Until Louis’ death on July 2, 2014 at age 97, Luke accompanied his father to most of his public appearances. Luke knows every detail of Louis’ incredible story of bravery and survival. His father’s accounts of his struggle as a POW fighting for his life were Luke’s bedtime stories growing up, and now he is honored to have the opportunity to watch these stories influence the lives of others.
When Luke speaks to audiences about his father, he adds a unique perspective. Luke focuses on how the discipline of athletics, scouting, and education prepared Louis to survive his incredible ordeal at sea, and would subsequently help him to endure cruelty and humiliation as a prisoner of war.
Luke identifies key incidents and concepts in his father’s life that have shaped and molded Luke’s own character, compelled him into a life of service, and led him to a career in the field of emergency preparedness.
Luke Zamperini is the Chief Inspector and Public Information Officer for the City of Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety. He specializes in employee training and disaster preparedness. Luke Zamperini also a musician, an avid golfer, and a Bible teacher. He resides in southern California with his wife and his son, Louis Zamperini’s only grandchild.
Members of the Bryan Opportunity Program dinner host committee play a vital role by making early financial commitments and encouraging people to attend the dinner.
The names of those on the host committee are published in the dinner program.
If you would like more information about the host committee, please contact Steve Keck at Steve.Keck@Bryan.edu/a> or 423.775.7581.