Wayne County Students Receive Awards at the University of Mount Olive

Wayne County Students Receive Awards at the University of Mount Olive

MOUNT OLIVE – Several Wayne County students were recognized for their achievements at the University of Mount Olive’s Annual Awards Ceremony.  Among those receiving awards were:

Jonathan Brink of Goldsboro received the W. Burkette Raper Religion Student of the Year. Jonathan is a senior religion major.  This award is given to an outstanding graduating ministerial student on the basis of academic excellence and evidence of commitment to the Christian ministry. This award is given by Dr. Thomas R. Morris because of his desire to advance the educational and spiritual quality of persons entering the Christian ministry.  He has chosen to name this award in honor and memory of Dr. W. Burkette Raper for his lifelong commitment to the Univeristy of Mount Olive.  Selection criteria include:  3.5 GPA or better, academic excellence, professional service, and personal growth.

Brooke Cottle of Mount Olive received the Handy Mart Business Scholarship. Cottle is a junior business; healthcare management major.  This scholarship is sponsored by Judson Pope.  Three rising juniors majoring in business administration are selected who best exhibit excellence in academics, university and community service and civic responsibility.

Haley Warren of Goldsboro received the Agribusiness Student of the Year. Warren is a senior agribusiness major.  This award is given to an outstanding agribusiness senior having a minimum of 92 semester hours and a GPA of 3.0 or better with resume capturing leadership qualities, community contributions, and other interests.


Hannah Lee of Mount Olive received the Music Student of the Year. Lee is a senior music-voice major.  This award is given to the senior music major who best exemplifies the ideals of a successful music major by demonstrating discipline and musical excellence.  Selection criteria include:  minimum GPA of 3.2, music major, academic excellence, professional service, outstanding musical ability.

Jessica De La Rosa of Goldsboro received the English Student of the Year. De La Rosa is a senior English major.  This award is a $100 cash award from Sigma Tau Delta, which is presented to the best English studies student, as chosen by the Language and Literature faculty.   Selection critera include:  3.0 GPA or better, demonstrates intellectual maturity, possess excellent analytical and communication skills and who shows enthusiasm about the field by participating in extracurricular activities within the department, and/or reading beyond that required for coursework.

Jessica Sookram of Goldsboro received the Mathematics Student of the Year. Sookram is a senior math major.  This award is given to an upper-class student who has excelled in mathematics as determined by the Department of Mathematics.

Joy Holmes of Goldsboro received the Undergraduate Nursing Student of the Year. Holmes is a senior nursing major.  This award is given to an outstanding undergraduate nursing student of senior standing with a GPA of 3.8 or better.  Selection criteria include:  exemplifies an enthusiastic commitment to professional nursing; promotes nursing through their commitment and professional image; is a member of their professional nursing organization; demonstrates evidence of the active pursuit of knowledge through their conscientious efforts in research and scholarly activities, and their creative, positive attitude toward learning and intellectual curiosity; and promotes the caring dimension of nursing through their interpersonal skills, sensitivity to others, collaboration efforts, and flexibility.

Martin Bayles of Mount Olive received the Michael Bumgarner Outstanding Student of the Year. Bayles is a senior criminal justice, criminology, and sociology major.  Michael Bumgarner was a fromer lead professor at our RTP location for the Department of Criminal Justice, Criminology, and Sociology.  Mr. Bumgarner had a distinguised career in corrections with the State of North Carolina.  This award is given to a senior criminal justice and criminology student with a GPA of 3.5 or better, who best promotes the University’s covenant and demonstrates quality leadership and intellectual maturity.

Morgan Wise of Goldsboro received the Handy Mart Business Scholarship. Wise is a junior business; accounting and finance major.  This scholarship is sponsored by Judson Pope.  Three rising juniors majoring in business administration are selected who best exhibit excellence in academics, university and community service and civic responsibility.

Myers Darren of Mount Olive received the The Free Will Baptist Ministerial Award. Darren is a sophomore religion major.  This schoalrship is given by the North Carolina Ministerial Association of Original Free Will Baptist to an outstanding returning Free Will Baptist student who has demonstrated potential for excellence in the Christian ministry.

Toni Basden of Pikeville received the Don Miller Award. Basden is a senior criminal justice, criminology, and sociology major.  This award is given in memory of Detective Donald A. Miller, a Criminal Justice Department graduate and New Bern police officer who gave his life in the line of duty. The award is given to the criminal justice, criminology. and sociology student who best demonstrates academic prowess in the classroom and professionalism in the criminal justice, criminology, and sociology field. The recipient is selected by the faculty of criminal justice, criminology and sociology. The recipient must be a senior with a minimum 3.2 GPA in the non-traditional program. The recipient should promote the University’s covenant and demonstrate quality leadership and intellectual maturity.

Bryce Edwards of Mount Olive received the Handy Mart Business Scholarship. Edwards is a junior business; human resources management major.  This scholarship is sponsored by Judson Pope.  Three rising juniors majoring in business administration are selected who best exhibit excellence in academics, university and community service and civic responsibility.

The University of Mount Olive is a private institution rooted in the liberal arts tradition with defining Christian values. The University, sponsored by the Convention of Original Free Will Baptists, has locations in Mount Olive, New Bern, Wilmington, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, Research Triangle Park, Washington, Jacksonville, at Smithfield at Johnston Community College, and online.  For more information, visit www.umo.edu.

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