Contributed by Yasmin Bhatia, Uplift Education CEO
One year ago today, the Montgomery family, Uplift Education and the city of Dallas lost a great leader—Philip Montgomery, III. I want to take today to remember not his passing but the legacy Phil left for his beloved city of Dallas.
For Uplift Education, Phil was the catalyst that expanded Uplift from one school, Uplift North Hills, to the 32 schools you see today in Dallas, Arlington, Irving and Fort Worth. He was deeply committed to education. His vision was simple: one day every child in North Texas should go to an excellent public school that puts them on a path to college. He believed Uplift would be the proof point for showing what is possible in education. We are forever grateful for his leadership and gifts of time and talents to our organization and our great city.
I can’t help but think of how proud Phil would have been as we started our school year with 12,000 scholars all of which are on a path to college. In addition to leading Uplift’s board and other committees, Phil and his wife Carol both mentored a pair of high school seniors on their journey to college. This last year Uplift had its first Stanford University acceptance, Phil’s alma mater, and I thought to myself how excited Phil would have been to know that one of our scholars would be attending such a prestigious school and what that would mean for that student’s future.
Phil was selfless with his time and passion for doing what is right for our city. I know he would be proud of the advancements Uplift and the city of Dallas has made in just one short year. He helped lay a foundation for Uplift’s success and our team here works every day to ensure that Phil’s vision is executed—all kids attending an excellent public school that puts them on a path to college.
I hope you will take a moment today and post to Uplift’s Facebook page a memory that you have about Phil Montgomery. He was such an inspiration to me and many others in our community. Thank you to those of you who share Phil’s vision and passion for what is possible for all children in our city. We are grateful for your continued support.