The Bryan Opportunity Scholarship Program supports academically qualified Tennessee students with significant needs. This year, 35 students are receiving support with an average family income of $19,676. One student benefitting from this program is Zacchaeus “Zach” Harvey, who shared his story with attendees at the dinner.
A junior business major with a focus in Accounting and Human Resources, Zach grew up in a Christian, military family. He credits his family as being “the most consistent driving force” in his life and the reason he developed a strong work ethic and love for God. Zach arrived at Bryan in the fall of 2019, and he is grateful for the experiences he has had: “Coming to Bryan has allowed so many opportunities of growth, of intense challenge, of fruitful relationships, and a true assessment and formation of my relationship with God.” He went on to thank the Bryan community:
Each day, God continues to blow my mind through the dedication of all the faculty and staff, the motivation and willingness of the students, the sacrifices of our donors, and the daily showing of His character. There is nothing that I would trade for this experience, and I am sure that those who Bryan impacts would say the same thing. So I thank you for this opportunity and for being a part of my story.
Following dinner, guests enjoyed a performance by Wintley Phipps. Phipps is the founder, president, and chief executive officer of the U.S. Dream Academy, Inc., a national after-school program that offers skill-building, character-building, and dream-building activities to children of incarcerated parents and those falling behind in school. He has sung for every living president and has been nominated for Grammy Awards twice. He currently serves as Senior Pastor of Palm Bay Seventh-day Adventist Church in Florida. Guests were wowed by Phipps’ rich bass voice and vocal stamina. They were treated to powerhouse renditions of It Is Well, How Great Thou Art, and Amazing Grace as well as spirituals such as Swing Low, Sweet Chariot, and Down by the Riverside.
At the end of the evening, $240,715 was raised for our students. Bryan College President Dr. Douglas Mann expressed his gratitude to donors: “This Opportunity Program now has more than a decade-long history of growth and success, which positively impacts our alumni–men and women who seek in all aspects of their lives to live in service to Christ and service to those around them. At Bryan, we were privileged to play a part in God’s work in their lives. That is the success of the Opportunity Program.” We are grateful for our sponsors and donors who enable us to transform lives.
You can still donate to the Bryan Opportunity Scholarship at https://www.bryan.edu/give
See more photos from the 2022 Bryan Opportunity Scholarship Program Dinner.
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