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King College, 88.3 FM WCQR, and sponsoring partners Eastman Credit Union and eCampus
Virtual Bookstore, announced Paula Compton of Meadowview, Va., as the winner of the
5th 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.
Compton was one of five finalists including Sharon Jackson of Gray, Tenn., Melissa
Larkin of Church Hill, Tenn., Cindy Smith of Midway, Tenn., and Donna Baker of Elizabethton,
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 her full-tuition scholarship to King, Compton 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.
Compton 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.
We are thrilled to make Paula'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. She will be able to complete
her 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.
Compton's entry essay told a story of courage and determination to succeed. I received
my associate degree in engineering technology and always wanted to return to school
and complete my bachelor's degree, said Compton. There just never seemed to be enough
time. My family has always known of my dream and has been incredibly supportive through
this whole journey.
I want to expand my employment opportunities, said Compton. I must be armed with
the necessary education and skills to compete with younger workers in an environment
that is becoming increasingly more competitive. To know that my new career can be
built and enhanced by a degree from my first-choice college, there is a real feeling
of 'coming home.' I'm so grateful to King College and WCQR for the opportunity to
fulfill my college dream.
For more information about the GPS programs at King College, visit gps.king.edu or
call 423.652.4861 or toll free at 800.362.0014.