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King University News :: Steven O’Neil, Jr. Wins College Scholarship from King University, WIVK FM 107.7

KNOXVILLE, Tenn., Nov. 10, 2014 – King University and Knoxville’s WIVK FM 107.7 announced Steven O’Neil, Jr., of Knoxville, Tenn., as the winner of the fifth 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) at Hardin Valley, Harriman, Morristown, Sevierville, or Strawberry Plains.

King’s GPS programs feature class schedules and learning environments designed for working adults.

“We are thrilled to make Steven’s college dream come true by offering him the opportunity to pursue a bachelor’s degree at no cost,” said Kristi Reynolds, assistant vice president of GPS Enrollment Management for Knoxville at King University. “He will be able to complete his degree in a workable and convenient environment in as little as 16 months, one day 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.” 

When asked how it felt when his name was called as the winner of the scholarship contest, O’Neil exclaimed, “I’m so excited. This is the best thing that has ever happened to me!”

After graduating high school in 2005, O’Neil attended Southeastern Louisiana University. He had not been there long, when Hurricane Katrina devastated the area in which he lived and attended school. He and his family were temporarily relocated by F.E.M.A. to a motel in Knoxville, Tenn. After recuperating from spinal surgery, O’Neil moved back to Louisiana to work full-time and attend school. While there, he attended Nunez Community College, Delgado Community College, and the University of New Orleans, all in hopes of completing his degree. In 2011, he moved back to Knoxville to be close to his mother and sisters.

Thanks to winning the Degree of Success Scholarship contest, O’Neil plans to pursue his Bachelor of Business Administration degree through King University.

“King University’s adult learning program is an excellent opportunity due to my need to work full-time,” commented O’Neil. “I am excited to learn more about finance, marketing, and human resources.” O’Neil dreams of one day owning his own business.

In addition to a full-tuition scholarship to King to receive his Bachelor of Business Administration, O’Neil will also receive his textbooks and a laptop.

WIVK FM 107.7 listeners were invited to apply for a scholarship from Sept. 29 through Oct. 26. After the pool of applicants had been narrowed to five finalists, the grand prize winner was chosen and revealed at an open house event at King University’s Knoxville campus on Nov. 6. 

“We are honored to offer this opportunity to make a remarkable difference in someone's life,” stated Reynolds. “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. 


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