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King University News :: Joe Kerns Wins College Dream from King College, WCQR

King College, 88.3 FM WCQR, and sponsoring partners Eastman Credit Union and eCampus Virtual Bookstore, announced Joe Kerns of Bluff City, Tenn., as the winner of the sixth annual College Dream promotion. The contest was opened to anyone who sought the chance to make the dream of a college education a reality through a full-tuition scholarship to King College.

Kerns was one of five finalists including Cami Vance of Bristol, Tenn., Matt Humphrey of Bristol, Va., Jason Baker of Gate City, Va., and Kristy Epperson of Piney Flats, Tenn. All finalists were interviewed on-air at 88.3 WCQR. Listeners were then asked to vote for the individual they believed should win the contest.

In addition to his full-tuition scholarship to King, Kerns 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.

Kerns will pursue his 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.

We are thrilled to make Joe'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 at King College. Joe will be able to complete his 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.

Kerns' entry essay told the story of true faith and courage. Within a three-week period, Kerns' wife, Heather, learned that she had a rare and aggressive form of cancer, and that she was pregnant. Together, they put their faith in God, moving forward with the pregnancy and her cancer treatments. They were blessed with a son, Heath, named after his mother, and almost 10 months together before she lost her battle with cancer. Kerns entered the College Dream contest with hopes to receive his bachelor's degree, and make a better life for his son, who is now 21 months old.

I had been thinking about going back to school when a friend mentioned I should apply for King's College Dream contest, said Kerns. It was just meant to be, and I give God all the credit. It is truly humbling to know there are so many people out there who care about my family and me, people who took the time to help make my dream a reality. I'm very grateful.

I can't wait to start classes at King. I love learning. Who knows where this will lead. I believe God has a plan for our lives, and that He will use this opportunity to open many doors.

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.

Click here to hear Joe's story.