"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

Schreiner Affiliation

In addition to the physical and character development, the heart of the Greystone program is provided through our unique relationship with Schreiner University in Kerrville, Texas. Our affiliation with Schreiner University provides all Greystone students with the high intensity “Greystone Curriculum” which is specifically designed through guidance provided from the academies to be far more challenging than traditional freshman year studies. The Schreiner freshmen academics parallel the first-year coursework at the Military Academy, Naval Academy, Air Force Academy, Merchant Marine Academy and the Coast Guard Academy. By affiliating our academic program 

Never forget that the Academy is not a high school, a community college or a junior college. The Academy is a four-year, fully-accredited leadership institution. Academy preparation at any level less than that is a waste of their time and effort.

- VADM Rodney Rempt, former USNA Superintendent

with the University, Greystone is not only able to tailor a program to meet the needs of the academies, but also thanks to the depth and flexibility provided by the University, Greystone can also meet the individual needs of our students.

The affiliation between a preparatory program and a four-year fully accredited university has been a success for our students from the very beginning because of the “team” attitude shared between Greystone and Schreiner University. At Greystone, we work together with the Schreiner faculty and staff to ensure our students receive a customized college-level academic experience. Our intent is to elevate the level of scholastic performance so that as a Greystone graduate, they make a lateral and seamless transition from the university level to the academy level.

At Schreiner, students are not numbers; they are unique individuals who receive the attention from the faculty and staff necessary to excel as scholars. Because of their status as academy-bound candidates, more is expected from Greystone students by faculty. This elevated level of expectation motivates our students to higher levels of academic performance which is key to successfully engaging academy-level challenges. Whether a Greystone candidate comes from a big city or a small town high school, all benefit from the individualized attention, university-level academics and elevated performance expectations. If the objective is true academy preparation, it only makes sense to pursue a program that will challenge and expand your scholastic capabilities so that this year is truly meaningful and directly applicable to your future academy experience.

Greystone students live in our own dormitory on the Schreiner campus. By having all Greystone students living in the same dorm, our students develop a strong bond as a team. The team concept is utilized to maximize the learning opportunity provided by the University in that all Greystone students work together to maintain focus on goals and objectives while the strength of the team is used to overcome academic weaknesses of individual team members.

Greystone students attend classes with other Schreiner students. In this regard, they experience a true college lifestyle. The objective of the Greystone program is to eliminate all superfluous distractions that do not directly improve their credentials as candidates. As an academy Commandant remarked while the Greystone program was being developed, “Allow your candidates to focus and apply themselves on what they need to accomplish to earn their appointments and leave the military training to the academies so the candidate can learn it the right way when they get here”. It makes little sense to devote hours upon hours to distractions that in the end will not help improve a candidate's competitive edge. It makes sense to maintain focus on college-level academics because superior performance in the classroom is noticed by the academy admissions boards and can give the first-year academy students a significant advantage when classes begin. Conversely, should a candidate not earn their appointment, the student has successfully completed their entire freshman year of college and earned 38 fully-transferable college credits. There is much to be said for an academy prep program that is specifically designed to maximize the year of academic “preparation” to ensure the candidate has maximized his or her full range of options and opportunities as a scholar, athlete and leader!  Such preparation is something a candidate can take with them wherever their future takes them and that is never a waste of time or effort!

Schreiner maintains a 13 to 1 student to faculty ratio, providing high quality university education through personalized instruction. Unlike most major colleges or universities, a Schreiner professor, not a teaching assistant or graduate student provides all classroom instruction, even for freshmen. Most of the Schreiner professors have earned their PhD and have an average of 17 years of college teaching experience. What that means is that the professor can present a subject to a student in many different ways, thus ensuring a successful learning experience.

Learning without thought is labor lost; thought without learning is perilous.

- Confucius

Aside from intensive classroom instruction, Schreiner also provides individual tutoring beyond the classroom through the Teaching and Learning Center. Upper class students with demonstrated expertise in the particular field of study provide one-to-one tutoring assistance at no additional charge. Greystone students in need of additional academic help can always find it from their professor after class, the Academic Center and their Greystone classmates.

Courses that Greystone students enroll in are reviewed annually to ensure what is taught by Schreiner is in sync with what is being taught at the academies. As changes are made to academy courses, Schreiner is informed and changes are implemented. By working closely with the academies, Greystone ensures that the courses presented by Schreiner are completely relevant and applicable to what is taught at the academies. When candidates arrive at the academies as 89% of our graduates do, they are fully prepared to engage every course in order to maximize their academy academic opportunity.

Schreiner University History

Captain Charles Schreiner, circa 1923.

Schreiner University was founded by Captain Charles Schreiner: Pioneer, Rancher, Banker, Merchant, and Philanthropist. On December 31, 1917, he placed in trust for the establishment of Schreiner Institute, one hundred forty and one-fourth acres of land and two hundred fifty thousand dollars ‘‘to supply facilities for high-grade instruction to boys and young men as a preparation for college and university course work.'' The school was to be ‘‘owned, maintained, and controlled by the Synod of Texas of the Presbyterian Church of the United States.''

On December 27, 1921, trustees appointed by the Synod of Texas formally received the trust and took steps to erect the first unit of buildings—a classroom building, one dormitory and the president's home. Under the leadership of James J. Delaney, a faculty was organized, and the school opened its doors in September 1923.

For a decade, Schreiner offered boys and young men a preparatory department and the first two years of college. In 1932, coed residents of the immediate Kerrville vicinity were enrolled in the college department as day students. In 1971, women were enrolled as boarding students.

Weir Hall during a campus snowball fight in 1933.  The building remains a University landmark today...minus the snow!

Other changes helped to redefine the educational mission. From the beginning, instruction in military training was required for both high school and college students. In 1957, participation was made optional for college students and then in 1969 was discontinued. Two years later, it terminated as well for high school students. In 1973, phase-out began for the preparatory department, the name of the school was changed to Schreiner College, and the curriculum was broadened to include career education and life-long learning opportunities. In 2001, the Board of Trustees changed the name to Schreiner University.

The transition took Schreiner in one decade from a military preparatory school for men to a fully coeducational, four-year, liberal arts college, which received accreditation as a baccalaureate degree-granting institution in 1984.

Largely responsible for the school's character and reputation, Dr. James J. Delaney served as president twenty-eight years, from opening until his retirement in 1950. Genial and tolerant, Dr. Andrew Edington succeeded, serving as president twenty-one years, beautifying, modernizing, and enlarging campus facilities.

Continuing a tradition of progressive change while holding to enduring values, Dr. Sam McDowell Junkin, Schreiner's third president, served for twenty-five years until his retirement in 1996. Dr. J. Thompson Biggers served as the fourth president from 1996-2000. Dr. Junkin returned in 2000 to serve as Interim President.

Dr. Tim Summerlin, President, Schriener University

In 2001, Dr. Charles Timothy Summerlin was named the fifth President of Schreiner, and continues to maintain the strong connection to the Presbyterian Church while strengthening various academic programs.

It is with great pride that Greystone was invited onto the Schreiner University campus to participate in their outstanding tradition of providing the best college-level education to aspiring students. As a school that serves the preparatory needs of the United States service academies, we are honored to reintroduce the campus to students destined to serve their country as academy graduates and commissioned officers in the Armed Forces of this great country.