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Jeremy Wilson Wins College Dream Scholarship from King University, WXBQ

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 education.” 

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 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 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.