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BRISTOL, Tenn., March 4, 2016 – King University, 96.9 WXBQ, and sponsoring partner
Eastman Credit Union announced Jeremy Wilson of Bluff City, Tenn., as the winner of
the 11th annual College Dream scholarship promotion. The contest was open to anyone who sought
the chance to make their dream of a college education a reality through a full-tuition
scholarship to King University.
“We are thrilled to make Jeremy’s college dream come true by offering his the opportunity
to pursue a bachelor’s degree at no cost,” said Mona Salyer, assistant vice president
of Enrollment Management Graduate & Professional Studies Tri-Cities at King University.
“He will be able to complete his major coursework in a workable and convenient environment
in as little as 16 months, one night a week. We know Jeremy will serve as an inspiration
to other aspiring students that it is never too late to pursue the dream of a college
Wilson will pursue his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice degree offered through
King’s Graduate & Professional Studies program featuring class schedules and learning
environments designed for working adults.
Wilson’s initial response to the live on-air announcement that he was indeed the winner
of a college scholarship to King University was, “I can’t even describe how I’m feeling!
I am so surprised and so shocked. I am so excited for the opportunity I have been
given. I am ready to dive in, to get started and pursue my dream.”
Wilson was one of five finalists including April Dawn Justus of Pounding Mill, Va.,
Bradley Scott King of Bristol, Tenn., Judy Lynn Light of Castlewood, Va., and Julie
Ann Townsend of Elizabethton, Tenn.
WXBQ listeners were asked to vote from Feb. 24-March 2 for the individual they believed
should win the contest.
“Currently I am a security guard, and I am pleased with what I am doing,” said Wilson.
“But, it has always been my aspiration to push that a little bit further, and I believe
[winning the scholarship] is the thing that will do that for me. I hope it will get
me to the place I want to be in life. Hopefully, I can take it on up the career chain
and move into higher law enforcement, perhaps [at the] federal or state level. It
has always been a dream of mine to work for the FBI or the Secret Service. Hopefully,
this takes me there.”
In addition to his full-tuition scholarship to King, Wilson also received a new laptop
computer courtesy of Eastman Credit Union, textbooks, and a $50 gift certificate from
the King University Tornado Alley Shoppe.
Wilson said he won due to the massive amount of support from his family, friends,
and coworkers “I’m so thankful for this opportunity. I am going to buckle down and
give it everything I’ve got!”
Contact the Office of Admissions at 800.362.0014 or visit gps.king.edu online for more information about King’s Graduate & Professional Studies programs.
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 www.king.edu. 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.