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King University News :: Jessica Lynn Bolin Wins College Scholarship from King University, WIVK FM 107.7

Knoxville, Tenn. – King University and Knoxville’s WIVK FM 107.7 announced Jessica Lynn Bolin of Crossville, Tenn., as the winner of the fourth annual Degree of Success Scholarship contest promotion.  The contest was open to anyone who sought the chance to realize their dreams of obtaining an undergraduate degree at no cost through King’s Graduate Professional Studies and Online Programs (GPS) in Knoxville, Blount County, Harriman, Morristown, Sevierville, and Strawberry Plains.  King’s GPS programs feature class schedules and learning environments designed for working adults. 

“We are thrilled to make Jessica’s college dream come true by offering her the opportunity to pursue a bachelor’s degree at no cost,” said Kristi Reynolds, King University Enrollment Management’s regional director for Knoxville.  “She will be able to complete her degree in a workable and convenient environment in as little as 16 months, one day 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.” 

When asked how it felt when her name was called as the winner of the scholarship contest, Bolin exclaimed there were no words to express it. “I was shocked and overwhelmed and so thankful. I have a great support system there to help me; my family is very happy about my continuing my education.”

A stay-at-home mom and mother of three children aged seven, four, and two, Bolin has always dreamed of going back to school. Having dropped out of high school just prior to graduation, she obtained her GED several years later at an adult high school. Upon completion of the program, Bolin was named the valedictorian of her class. She then entered Roane State Community College where she will complete her Associate of Science in Psychology in December of this year. 

After she completes her Bachelor of Science in Psychology with King University, Bolin plans to continue on in her quest to obtain her doctorate in Psychology.

“When I took my first psychology class I fell in love with it,” said Bolin. “I love the idea of helping people and understanding them at a deeper level. I would encourage anyone thinking about going to back to school to go for it. If you want it, you can do it. Believe in yourself, then let nothing stand in the way.” 

In addition to a full-tuition scholarship to King, Bolin will also receive her textbooks and a laptop. 

WIVK FM 107.7 listeners were invited to apply for the scholarship from Oct. 1 through Oct. 27.  After the pool of applicants was narrowed to five finalists, the grand prize winner was chosen and revealed at the open house event at King University’s Knoxville campus. 

“We are honored to offer this opportunity to make a remarkable difference in someone's life,” stated Jon Harr, associate dean for Academic Affairs and dean for King’s Knoxville campus. “Whether you are searching to make yourself more marketable, further a career change, or serve as an inspiration to your family, it is never too late to pursue the dream of a college education.”

For more information about the Graduate Professional Studies and Online Programs at King University, visit or call the Office of Admissions at 800.362.0014. 

Photo Note:  Shown from left to right – Jon Harr, associate dean for Academic Affairs and dean for King’s Knoxville campus; Jessica Bolin, scholarship winner; John King, vice president of Development and Enrollment Management


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