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WIVK FM 107.7 & King University Name Brandon “Chase” Nipper the 2015 Degree of Success Scholarship Winner

KNOXVILLE, Tenn., Nov. 6, 2015 – Knoxville’s WIVK FM 107.7 and King University announced Brandon “Chase” Nipper as the winner of the sixth 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, and Online Studies Programs (GPS) at Knoxville/Hardin Valley, Blount, Harriman, Morristown, Sevierville, or Strawberry Plains.

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

“Students often have barriers, real and perceived, to completing an undergraduate degree. Our winner of the 2015 Degree of Success Scholarship, Chase Nipper, is an example of how you can set a goal and work hard each day to attain your dreams one step at a time,” said Kristi Reynolds, assistant vice president of GPS Enrollment Management for Knoxville at King University. “Law enforcement officers often have to work additional shifts or a second job to make ends meet. The scholarship will allow Chase to focus on his education plan and serve his community without having to sacrifice time away from his family just to make ends meet. We are excited to work with Chase to achieve his degree in Communication so that he can continue to make a positive impact on his community and further his career at the Sweetwater Police Department.

When asked how it felt when his name was called as the winner of the scholarship contest, Nipper exclaimed, “I feel awesome! I can’t describe it; it is a blessing; it really is! That’s why I wanted my mother and my grandmother to be here because they are my inspiration. I was a child when my mom went back to school, and I saw how tough it was. However, she did it to make a better life for [our family]. That inspired me to continue my education.”

Thanks to winning the Degree of Success Scholarship contest, Nipper plans to pursue his Bachelor of Science in Communication degree through King University’s Hardin Valley campus in Knoxville, Tenn.

“[Winning this scholarship] will change my life for the better,” said Nipper. “It will continue to develop me academically and intellectually. Public speaking is what I want to do. I want to make a difference in law enforcement. As a police officer, what I would like to do is work toward an administrative role. I want to make policies and make certain we have officers who are intelligent and articulate, and able to police in a 21st century America. We need that image now more than ever; I want to be a part of that to be able to better serve the community and build those partnerships. I think this will propel me forward.”

In addition to a full-tuition scholarship to King, NIpper will also receive his textbooks and a laptop free of charge.

WIVK FM 107.7 listeners were invited to apply for a scholarship from Sept. 28 through Oct. 25. 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. 5. 

“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. 


King University is a Presbyterian-affiliated, doctoral-level comprehensive university. Founded in 1867 as King College, the University offers more than 90 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees and concentrations in fields such as business, nursing, law, medical and health sciences, pharmacy, education, and humanities. Graduate programs are offered in business administration, education, and nursing. A number of research, off-campus learning opportunities, and travel destinations are also available. King University is a NCAA Division II and a Conference Carolinas member with 25 varsity sports. For more information about King University, visit King University does not discriminate against academically qualified students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, or disability. King University is certified by SCHEV to operate locations in Virginia. For more information on SCHEV certification, contact the King University office at Southwest Virginia Community College, 309 College Road, Richlands, VA 24641.