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King University News :: And the Winner is… Ted Blumberg

Ted Blumberg Wins College Dream Scholarship from King University, WCQR 

BRISTOL, Tenn. – King University, 88.3 FM WCQR, and sponsoring partner Eastman Credit Union announced Ted Blumberg of Gray, Tenn., as the winner of the eighth annual College Dream scholarship promotion.  The contest was open to anyone who sought the chance to make their dream of a college education a reality through a full-tuition scholarship to King University. 

“We are thrilled to make Ted’s college dream come true by offering him the opportunity to pursue a bachelor’s degree at no cost,” said Mona Salyer, director of recruitment for Graduate Professional Studies and Online Programs at King University.  “Ted will be able to complete this degree in a workable and convenient environment in as little as 16 months, one night a week.  We know he will serve as an inspiration to other aspiring students that it is never too late to pursue the dream of a college education.” 

Blumberg will pursue his Bachelor of Business Administration degree offered through King’s School of Graduate and Professional Studies Online Programs (GPS) featuring class schedules and learning environments designed for working adults.  

When Blumberg, who has six children ranging in ages from 10 to 19, was asked how his winning this scholarship might inspire them, he said, “They are my inspiration.  They are all prolific readers and are all brilliant.  Last night we went to an occasion where one of my daughters won an award, and my son Timmy is about to win a big award at his high school.  All my children have done different things.  I’m just trying to keep up.  My children all worked hard to get people to vote for me from Florida to New Jersey.”

Blumberg was one of five finalists including Lora Gilreath of Piney Flats, Tenn., Lucas Carr of Bluff City, Tenn., Andrea Tipton of Gate City, Va., and Joseph Irvin of Bristol, Tenn.  All finalists were interviewed on-air at 88.3 WCQR the week of Feb. 25.  After listening online to the interviews, listeners were asked to vote for the individual they believed should win the contest. 

Blumberg’s entry in the College Dream contest was a last minute decision.  “We were coming back [home] from Knoxville where my daughter had been in a poem contest, and, she’d done quite well, when I heard on the radio, WCQR, talking about the promise of a college scholarship,” said Blumberg.  “They were reiterating it was the last night to [submit].  I didn’t really talk to anyone about it.  We got home and my wife went to sleep; I was on the computer typing an essay.  I put it in at 11:53 p.m. and midnight was the cut off.  Thankfully it went through and now here I am.

“My biggest reason frankly [for going back to school] is that I am unemployed,” said Blumberg.  “I have an [associate] degree in business administration.  It is one of those things [employers] like to see refreshed when you get in the job market, and [my degree] is about 30 years old.  I need to upgrade my education so I am more employable.”  With one child in college currently, Blumberg also commented that he still has five others to put through college.

In addition to his full-tuition scholarship to King, Blumberg also received a new laptop computer courtesy of Eastman Credit Union, textbooks, and a $50 gift certificate from the King University Tornado Alley Shoppe. 

“It is [a blessing],” continued Blumberg.  “All my children worked very hard, even my youngest, Destiny (10), my twins, Ashley and Bethany (14), Noel (16), Timmy (18), and Victory (19).  They all had their own network of friends and were doing all they could.  This is one of those occasions that a big family is really a plus.” 

Blumberg summed it up by saying, “Really when you think about it that is what this is all about… taking a risk.”

For more information about King’s Graduate Professional Studies programs, contact the Office of Admissions at 800.362.0014 or visit online. 


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