DALLAS (April 24,
2015)—The Salvation Army’s Project Tomorrow program will celebrate 25 years of
success with an anniversary banquet at Brook Hollow Golf Club at 7 p.m. on
Thursday, May 14.
The Project Tomorrow program provides full scholarships to
underprivileged gifted and talented middle and high school students to attend
Tyler Street Christian Academy, a college preparatory school in North Oak Cliff,
as well as Stone Gate Christian Academy in Irving and Dallas Christian School
in Dallas. Students are selected by leaders from the local Salvation Army
Community Centers where they are involved.
“The students are expected to maintain good grades as well
as participate in community service,” said Salvation Army Advisory Board Member
Jeanie Laube. “This wonderful program is funded by The Salvation Army and the
schools that host our students. Thanks to the generosity of two Salvation Army
Board Members, Christy Carter Urschel and the late Nancy Underwood, the first
scholars entered the program in 1990.”
Laube, who has been involved since the beginning, says this program
helps youth become successful through life-changing experiences and programming
that inspires their spiritual, mental, social, and physical development.
“Education plays a key role in
preparing students for success in the future,” said Dr. Karen J. Egger,
Superintendent of Tyler Street Christian Academy. “The impact on students who desire to learn and to build a better life
for their families and themselves cannot be quantified. When students attend a
small, college-preparatory school where the teachers invest in them and
encourage them, the outcomes have been amazing. High school graduation, college
graduation, graduate degrees, law degrees – yes, it is amazing!”
Project Tomorrow takes promising at-risk youth and trains them
intellectually and spiritually to become contributing citizens and instruments
of change in the very community where they grew up.
Students, like Project Tomorrow graduate Ethan Williams, say the
program helps get youth like him out of their troubled neighborhoods for eight
to ten hours each day. Williams says he had the opportunity to practice
Christianity, as well as get a quality and safe education.
“The Project Tomorrow
program was very beneficial to me in several ways,” said Williams. “The program
provided me a chance to attend a Christian school teaching me values and
responsibilities. The program also allowed me to attend a school with a safe
environment, and a school that teaches core values to help in starting and
maintaining a successful career and a positive life.”
Williams says some of his
favorite memories while being in the program were attending luncheons held
annually to celebrate each year’s Project Tomorrow scholars. Williams says he
appreciated the opportunity to sit face-to-face with those who sponsored his
attendance at Tyler Street Christian Academy. He says, “I will never be able to
thank them enough, for the donations of our scholarships to attend.” At the
beginning of each school year, The Salvation Army also hosts a party for
students and their families at which time school supplies and uniforms are
Over the past 25 years, 90 students have graduated from The Salvation
Army Project Tomorrow program. Some of the top college choices for seniors,
according to Egger, are Rice University, SMU, Baylor, UNT, Texas Tech, Dallas
Baptist University, and the U.S. Naval Academy.
“I hope that The Salvation Army and its school partners will continue
to educate young people to become brave, trustworthy, passionate, and uplifting
leaders of our society. I am proud to be a part of such a wonderful program,”
Currently, there are six Project Tomorrow students this school year.
The Salvation Army and its partners hope to continue building on that number by
incorporating past scholars into the ongoing success of the program.
“Some of the goals regarding the future of the program include building a
successful network of past alumni who will also commit to being mentors to
present scholars and also to those currently in college,” said Marjorie
Murat-Leslie, Youth and Education Services Manager for The Salvation Army DFW
Project Tomorrow not only has a dramatic impact on the lives of past
graduates, but it also is charting a new course for future generations.