"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit."
"The only way to find the limit of the possible is by going beyond them in to impossible."
Arthur C . Clarke
"Always do what you are afraid to do."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
"When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it."
Henry Ford
"Don't be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs, Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves."
Dale Carnegie
"I never did anything worth doing by accident, nor did any of my inventions come by accident they came by work."
Thomas Edison
"To finish first, you must first finish"
Sam Walton
"One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man."
Elbert Hubbard
"Decide what you want, decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities and go to work."
Dale Carnegie
"I do not know anyone who has got to the top without hard work. That is the recipe. It will not always get you to the top, but should get you pretty near."
Margaret Thatcher
"The man who does not work for the love of work but only for money is not likely to make money nor find much fun in life."
Charles Schwab
"The biggest mistake that you can make is to believe that you are working for somebody else. Job security is gone. The driving force of a career must come from the individual. Remember: Jobs are owned by the company, you own your career!"
Earl Nightingale
"Decide what you want, decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities and go to work."
H. L. Hunt
"The highest reward for a person's toil is not what they get for it, but what they become by it."
John Ruskin
"Great work is done by people who are not afraid to be great."
Fernando Flores
"It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up."
Babe Ruth
"Those who let things happen usually lose to those who make things happen."
Dave Weinbaum
"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give."
Winston Churchill
"In a moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing."
Theodore Roosevelt
"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit."
"I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have."
Thomas Jefferson
"In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. But, in practice, there is."
Yogi Berra
"The more I want to get something done the less I call it work."
Richard Bach
"Live neither in the past nor in the future, but let each day's work absorb your entire energies, and satisfy your widest ambition."
Sir William Osler
"The common denominator for success is work."
John D. Rockefeller
"Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing."
Theodore Roosevelt
"Life is about creating new opportunities, not waiting for them to come to you."
Salma Hayek
"You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them."
Michael Jordan
"No matter what accomplishments you make, somebody helped you."
Althea Gibson
"A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step."
Chinese Proverb
"The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra."
Jimmie Johnson
"Success is never final. Failure is never fatal."
Joe Paterno
"Ingenuity plus courage plus work equals miracles."
Bob Richards
"Everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was."
Richard L. Evans
"It is better to look ahead and prepare than to look back and regret."
Jackie Joyner-Kersie
"I see possibilities in everything. For everything that's taken away, something of greater value has been given."
Michael J. Fox
"There are no office hours for champions."
Paul Dietzel
"You must do the thing you think you cannot do."
Eleanor Roosevelt
"Failure seldom stops you. What stops you is the fear of failure."
W.J. Slim
"Preconceived notions are the locks on the door to wisdom."
Merry Browne
"What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?"
Vincent Van Gogh
"Your future depends on many things, but mostly on you."
Frank Tyger
"When the student is ready, the teacher appears."
"Winning doesn't always mean being first."
Bonnie Lair
"It's always too early to quit."
Norman Vincent Peale
"Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do."
John Wooden
"I choose to focus on not what has happened but what we can do."
Ellen Pompeo
"If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else."
Booker T. Washington
"Courage faces fear and thereby masters it"
Martin Luther King, Jr.
"He who dares nothing need hope for nothing."
"Unless a man undertakes more than he possibly can do, he will never do all that he can."
Henry Drummond
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."
Mark Twain
"To dare is to lose one's footing momentarily. To not dare is to lose oneself."
Soren Kierkegaard
"Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm."
Winston Churchill
"Your current safe boundaries were once unknown frontiers."
"Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear."
Ambrose Redmoon
"With courage you will dare to take risks, have the strength to be compassionate, and the wisdom to be humble. Courage is the foundation of integrity."
Keshavan Nair
"You gain strength, courage, and confidence by doing the thing which you think you cannot do."
Eleanor Roosevelt
"It's easier to prepare and prevent, than to repair and repent."
"We more frequently fail to face the right problem than fail to solve the problem we face."
"Things turn out best for people who make the best of the way things turn out."
John Wooden
"Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all."
Dale Carnegie
"There is no chance, no fate, no destiny that can circumvent, or hinder, or control a firm resolve of a determined soul."
"Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing."
Theodore Roosevelt


Midshipman Keegan Alby, USNA '13 and Greystone Class of 2009 atop Herndon Monument.

One of the most significant goals of the Greystone program is to provide each candidate with the opportunity to maximize their competitiveness as a candidate so they earn their academy appointment. When the candidate earns their academy appointment, the candidate begins living their dream of serving our nation as an academy trained and educated leader. The true measure of any academy cadet or midshipman is a function of their graduation from the academy - and that is the other goal of the Greystone program. Both goals - entering the academy and graduating from the academy - go hand in hand with the purpose behind the Greystone opportunity and that is to maximize the full potential of each candidate regardless of where they start the process. Most Greystone students enter the Greystone program having just graduated from high school. As graduates, the next logical step in their education is to go on to college. Their career ambitions should determine which path they take, however, for academy-bound students, their path should be at the highest level possible because that is exactly where the academy and their career will take them. Students seeking their academy appointments must realize that the challenges that await them are formidable and that one of the major reasons why so many fail either in the application process or once they arrive at the academy can be directly attributed to their lack of adequate preparation!

 Cadet Luke Holmes, USMA Class of 2015, President of the Greystone Class of 2011 - Beast Barracks.

At Greystone, we take the candidates' dreams of service to our nation very seriously. We take them so seriously that we created a program specifically designed for them at the highest academic level possible – where no other service academy prep program had ever gone before!  Through our affiliation with Schreiner University, our students not only receive a high-level private college education, they also prepare themselves at the right level to fully engage the rigors they can expect to encounter when they enter the academy.  Greystone students learn how to function at the academy level and how to excel – they learn how to push themselves where they have never excelled before as a scholar. Their Schreiner experience enables Greystone students to propel themselves to their highest level of academic achievement while at the academies which then opens doors for career opportunities after graduation.  We designed Greystone to empower our students to maximize their skills and experiences as scholars, athletes and leaders so for the time they have at the academy, they will be enabled to achieve their dreams – not just for themselves, but for those they will someday lead!  At Greystone, students learn quickly that their time on the Schreiner campus is not measured in months or weeks or days, but in minutes and for every minute they waste not maximizing the time they are given is not just a moment wasted for them as competing candidates, it is also a minute they waste as an evolving future leader. Greystone students understand that those they will someday lead are right this minute serving at the pointed end of the spear – they are doing the job that must be done to protect our nation.  The time they are given now to prepare themselves to become exceptional must not be squandered, but rather used to their advantage.  Leadership is, after all, a life-long learning ambition.  Only the best of the best will win when it comes to leadership – and at Greystone, we are serious about winning – not for us, but for them!  This has much to do with not just the success rate of our students who earn their academy appointments (88% of our program graduates); it also has much to do with the success of our academy graduates (92%) who go on to live their dream and to serve "them" as leaders.

Academy Applications

Ensign Paloma Cantu, USN, USNA Class of 2011 and  Greystone Class of 2007 - Graduation!

Over the summer training session, Greystone students pre-apply to all five of the federal service academies.  The purpose behind the five pre-applications is to allow each student to open a file at that academy and begin learning about all of the options and opportunities available to them through that particular academy experience.  Many candidates begin the academy application process focused only on a single academy and by the end of the summer; they are very well educated about the pros and cons of all five of the academies.  The intent is to allow the candidate to make an informed decision based upon fact and ground truth information – and minimize the role of urban myth and rumor. 

At Greystone, we desire each student to identify a minimum of three service academies that they are interested in and by the beginning of the academic year; they will have completed the vast majority of their academy applications.  With the help of the Greystone Staff, all parts of each academy application will be reviewed to ensure that the product submitted to the academies is correct, accurate and professionally written – and submitted on time!  No academy application document leaves a candidate's hands without it first going through the Greystone Staff.  Completing the vast majority of the academy applications prior to the start of the academic year will allow the candidate to focus more time on their studies, thus affording each student the opportunity to excel in the classroom (making them more competitive as an academy candidate). 


Cadet Cody Womack, USAFA Class of 2015, Greystone Class of 2011 - Beast!

Applying to more than one academy is highly recommended by the academies given the competitive nature of the selection process and the sheer numbers of high-quality applicants.  Applying to more than one academy also helps to maximize the possibility that at the end of the Greystone experience, each candidate will be attending one of their academies of interest. Greystone will not push any candidate into an academy, but will work with them to ensure that the appointment that they earn is an appointment they will accept.

Our ambition is for you to realize your dream of service to our nation as an academy trained and educated leader.  It must be your dream because it is your life and your future.  At Greystone we will help you to realize your dream by providing you with every opportunity to maximize your competitiveness as a scholar, athlete and leader.  We are here for you!