"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


On behalf of the entire Greystone family – the Staff, our Board of Directors and Advisory Board members, Greystone volunteers, Greystone parents, Greystone Alumni, Schreiner University Faculty and Staff and most importantly, the current Greystone Class, I would like to welcome you to the Greystone website.  At this time of the year, many of you are receiving that "TWE" or "Thin White Envelope" and experiencing the emotions associated with your first rejection letter. If it is any consolation, I too received a TWE - in 1976 - and can still feel the pain caused by the words on that page...after all, I was going to the academy and therefore the letter had to be wrong! Unfortunately, the letter is what it is; however, you do not necessarily have to accept those words! Does that letter mean the end of your dream of attending an academy or is it just the end of this attempt to earn your academy appointment? Only you can make that decision. Only you can call it quits, however, since you are reading this, I will assume that you are not willing to give up on your dream! The question then becomes - what are you going to do to change the status quo and make yourself more competitive as an academy candidate? Again, only you have that answer! I hope you continue to read on and discover what the academies have discovered - that Greystone is an outstanding opportunity for those candidates not willing to give up on their dream!  Because of the unique opportunity afforded to Greystone students and the quality associated with this program, we are approved for sponsored candidates from USMA, USNA and USAFA. For those of you who are Free Agents (unsponsored), Greystone affords you the same opportunities and a wealth of additional reasons to join our team - the most significant is the success rate of our students who earn their academy appointments, but more importantly, it is the academy graduation rate of Greystone students (we are higher than all of the academies!). If this is of interest to you, read on and find out why!

What’s in a name?

You might notice that there is a “mountain-like” feel to this site because Greystone and the many challenges our students face as they pursue their nominations and academy appointments have often been compared to climbing a mountain.  In the early days of the program development, I was reading some of the memoirs from Lord Hillary; a world-renowned mountain climber and explorer. I discovered that he kept referring to “grey stone” and how he would look for it whenever he would climb because according to Hillary, this grey stone was granitic and therefore strong enough to hold the weight of a climber.  Whenever he made an ascent, he would look for the “grey stone” because he knew he could depend on it and it would not let him down – literally! For whatever reason that story stuck with me and as the development of the program continued and we began to consider names, Greystone came to mind!

The challenge before you as an academy candidate is often daunting and at times seems impossible, but for those willing to fully engage this challenge, the reward at the summit is worth all the struggles encountered during the climb. As the Founder of the Greystone program, it was my intent to create a program that would be both meaningful and yet applicable to the challenges faced by candidates.  How could I use the potential and power of existing programs within college-level institutions to create an academic, athletic and leadership environment that was above and beyond the existing level of academy preparatory achievement? It took six years to develop the baseline program for Greystone and over the course of the last ten years of operation, the program continued to grow and evolve.  The engine behind this change has been our students – and in particular, our graduates.  Their feedback along with the guidance provided by the academies ensures that Greystone is on the cutting edge of academy preparatory education excellence.  Every year as our students graduate from Greystone and enter the academies, they provide us with suggestions to improve the program – taking us to the next higher level.  Due to our unique relationship with Schreiner University, we have been able to incorporate these changes into the Greystone program.  So long as there are candidates in need of the Greystone challenge, we will continue to evolve and keep pace with the needs expressed by our graduates and the academies to deliver the best possible academy preparatory program! As an academy candidate not willing to give up on your dream of serving our nation as an academy trained and educated leader, trust in us, put your entire weight on Greystone.  We will not let you down as you ascend the mountainous challenge and earn your academy appointment.

Nothing is as real as a dream. The world can change around you, but your dream will not.
Responsibilities need not erase it. Duties need not obscure it.
Because the dream is within you and no one can take that away.
- Tom Clancy

Throughout the website you will discover inspirational and motivational quotes – words that have helped our students to see clearly in times of doubt and despair.  I encourage you to believe in yourself and to believe in your future – do not give up on your  d dddddddddddddddddjjjddddddddddddddream!  If there is one thing that is significant about Greystone it is our “never give up” attitude.  Life is full of uphill challenges and before you commit to this next ascent, ensure you have a proven and capable guide to help guide your way.  I encourage you to read the entire website and then compare “apples to apples” with all other academy prep programs.  Take notice that Greystone is now appoved by the West Point Preparatory Scholarship Program, Naval Academy Foundation and the Air Force Academy Falcon Foundation for their sponsored candidates.  This is a significant accomplishment for an academy prep school and therefore worthy of your serious consideration. 

Search for the program that will empower you to excel as a scholar, athlete and leader – and do so in a positive, inspirational and motivating way.  Over the course of this next year you should use this opportunity to grow - not stand still - and in so doing, you will make your first-year academy experience somewhat better because you will have a leg-up on your classmates. Make sure your prep experience is going to provide you with the tools and skills that will not only get you into the academies, but will also carry you through the academy to graduation.  This is our purpose – we are here to guide you through your academy appointment challenge and empower you with the self-confidence, self-respect and self-esteem to engage more challenging ascents that you are sure to encounter at the academies and throughout your military career.  I encourage you  to reach for the stars and to go where you have never gone before – to the jagged edge of your perceived potential.  At Greystone, we will take you there and beyond and when you fear that you cannot go any farther, we will take yet another step.  Greystone is with you every step of your journey – together we will climb!

David T. Bailey, CDR, USN (Ret.) USNA '81

Greystone President and CEO