Scholarships for Heroes Tour

Charlie Daniels, Gary Sinise, Chris Young, Darryl Worley headline Lipscomb University’s
 Charlie Daniels’ Scholarships for Heroes Tour
Daniels and friends along with other special guests salute veterans to support Lipscomb’s Yellow Ribbon Program

Actor Gary Sinise will join legendary musician Charlie Daniels in a special free event to support Lipscomb University’s Yellow Ribbon Enhancement Program as part of the inaugural stop on the Charlie Daniels’ Scholarships for Heroes Tour 2012. Performances by Daniels and Sinise along with Chris Young, Darryl Worley, The Grascals and other special guests will be part of the program set for Tuesday, March 6 at 7 p.m. in Lipscomb’s Allen Arena.

Daniels and friends are touring the country in 2012, creating greater awareness of the Veterans Yellow Ribbon education program. Lipscomb’s Yellow Ribbon Program offers eligible Post 9/11 GI Bill veterans and their family members an undergraduate degree tuition-free or a graduate degree tuition-free or at a greatly reduced tuition rate.

"We have so many heroes whose needs fly below our radar. This shouldn’t be happening and this event is helping to make sure it doesn't,” said Daniels.

Tickets for the event are free and are available at all Middle Tennessee Daily’s locations and the Lipscomb University box office. Call 615.966.7075. Members of the military and their families will be invited as guests of the event’s corporate sponsors. Proceeds from the event benefit Lipscomb University’s Yellow Ribbon Program.

Sinise, who currently plays Detective Mac Taylor on the CBS hit show “CSI:NY,” has family members who have served in World War I, World War II, Vietnam, Afghanistan and his father was in the Navy during the Korean War. When not filming the series, he travels worldwide performing for troops and their families with his Lt Dan Band.

“These servicemen give their all to protect our freedom, and by showing up to play music and give them and their families a bit of entertainment is a way I can give back," said Sinise.

Daniels and Sinise will be joined by some of music’s hottest artists. Young’s current single, “YOU,” is his fifth consecutive No. 1 hit. Having just released his sixth album, Worley has 18 chart hits and has produced one of the most wide-ranging catalogs in contemporary music. The Grascals have become one of the most acclaimed bands on today’s bluegrass scene for their innovative mingling of bluegrass and country music.

About Lipscomb University’s Yellow Ribbon Enhancement Program
For veterans who qualify for 100 percent of the Post-9/11 GI Bill, Lipscomb University has committed to allocate the necessary funds to allow them to earn a tuition-free undergraduate degree through the Yellow Ribbon Enhancement Program. The university also offers qualifying student veterans a variety of graduate degrees tuition-free or at a greatly reduced tuition rate.

Lipscomb University officials believe strongly in helping open doors for student veterans through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Since its inception in fall 2009, Lipscomb’s Yellow Ribbon Program has grown from 20 original participants to more than 150 veterans enrolled this spring. Students have performed well academically with 71 percent of currently enrolled student veterans maintaining a minimum 3.0 GPA, with 13 percent of those maintaining a perfect 4.0 GPA.

“Our veterans know that freedom isn’t free, but we think their education should be. At Lipscomb we have a very unique opportunity to help open doors for our veterans through higher education,” said Jim Humphrey, assistant dean of campus life and director of veterans services at Lipscomb.

For more information about Lipscomb University’s Yellow Ribbon Enhancement Program, call 615.966.5176 or visit


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