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King University News :: Emily Parton Wins College Dream from King College, WCQR

King College, 88.3 FM WCQR, and sponsoring partners Eastman Credit Union and eCampus Virtual Bookstore, announced Emily Parton of Fall Branch, Tenn., as the winner of the seventh annual College Dream 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 College.

We are thrilled to make Emily's college dream come true by offering her the opportunity to pursue a bachelor's degree at no cost, said Mona Salyer, director of recruitment for Graduate Professional Studies at King College.  Emily 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 she will serve as an inspiration to other aspiring students that it is never too late to pursue the dream of a college education.

Parton will pursue her Bachelor of Business Administration, a degree offered through King's Graduate and Professional Studies (GPS) program featuring class schedules and learning environments designed for working adults.

I am so excited to be given this opportunity to go back to school and obtain my bachelor's degree from King College, said Parton.  I have instilled in my four children the importance of getting an education, most significantly, that they should go to college and get their degree.  Although I have my associate degree, I felt strongly it was important to be a positive role model for my children by practicing what I preach and going back to school to further my education.

Parton was one of five finalists including Tonya Percell of Chuckey, Tenn., Carrie Bullock of Elizabethton, Tenn., Christy Folsom of Bluff City, Tenn., and Joy Emerine of Bristol, Tenn.  All finalists were interviewed on-air at 88.3 WCQR.  Then after listening online to the interviews, listeners were asked to vote for the individual they believed should win the contest.

In addition to her full-tuition scholarship to King, Parton also received a new laptop computer courtesy of Eastman Credit Union, textbooks courtesy of eCampus Virtual Bookstore, and a $50 gift certificate from the King College Tornado Alley Shoppe.

I was blessed to have recently received a promotion as a human relations coordinator with Food City.  Studying for my bachelor's in business administration will definitely have a positive impact on my career, Parton exclaimed.  I am so thankful to King College and WCQR for making this opportunity available.  I want to show my kids they can achieve their dreams no matter how big they are.  By me receiving this honor, I will be achieving my goals and dreams!

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