Building Bridges to Success

You’re looking at nearly a million dollars in college scholarships and the teacher who helped make it happen.

It’s said a picture says a thousand words.
Well, this one says nearly a $1 million dollars in college education.  Meet Maplewood High School seniors Abbey Khounmy, Vakia Robinson, Doresha Robinson and Martin Torres (Maria Lopez not pictured).  Under the guidance of JTG Specialist Reginald Smith, far right, those five JTG students earned Bridges to Belmont scholarships.  At nearly $46,000 per year for tuition, the math reveals $920,000 for five students at Belmont University.  How about a round of congratulations!

This amazing opportunity is made possible by Denise and Milton Johnson, who donated $10 million dollars help sustain the Bridges to Belmont Scholarship FundMilton Johnson‘s back story is among the main reasons behind it.  As the HCA Chief Executive Officer told me a couple of years ago, “I would have been a JTG student if it was around in my day.”

I just learned a JTG Stratford STEM Magnet High School (Johnson’s high school alma mater) student also earned a Bridges to Belmont Scholarship.  I’m gathering more information on that.  Maplewood JTG specialist Reginald Smith and Stratford JTG specialist Daniel Smith deserve credit for these achievements, along with other administrators and faculty members who having helped guide these students toward graduation and amazing post-secondary opportunities.

This is a very good day for JTG.
It’s a great day for six high school students who have overcome barriers to graduation and now looking forward to becoming Bruins!


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About the Author:

Call it John Dwyer 2.0 After 29 years as a TV Broadcaster, Dwyer is President & CEO of Jobs for Tennessee Graduates (JTG). JTG, an affiliate of Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG), is a non-profit organization dedicated to stewarding at-risk high school students toward graduation with follow through toward post-secondary education and/or job opportunities. Associated with JAG since 1981, JTG consistently obtains a graduation rate above 90-percent with a full-time job rate at nearly 70-percent. The most vulnerable, socioeconomically challenged young men and women, graduate with self-esteem with the realization and skill set to achieve success after high school. Does it get much better than that? Dwyer, is a resident of the Nashville area since 1996. He was sports director and/or a news anchor at TV stations in Nashville, Jacksonville, Florida; Ft. Myers, FL and his hometown of South Bend, Indiana. He is a 10-time Mid-South Region Emmy Award winner, along with winning numerous other awards. He is also a former Heisman Trophy voter. John is a 1985 graduate of Butler University, where he majored in Radio/TV while minoring in journalism. An avid running (or “plodder” as he likes to call himself), Dwyer runs in Nashville’s annual marathon. (Current tally: 7 Full, 10 Half). He accomplished a goal, once thought out of reach, be qualifying and running in the Boston Marathon in 2009. Married to Lynley, Dwyer resides in East Nashville with his wife and dog Lola. Dwyer served on the Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee board from 2006-2012, and was board chairman for three years.

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