Craven County Residents Receive Awards at Mount Olive College

MOUNT OLIVE- Three Craven County residents were recognized for their achievements at University of Mount Olive’s Annual Awards Ceremony.  Among those receiving awards were:

Christie Hamby of New Bern was named the Outstanding Psychology Major in Clinical Concentration.  Hamby, the daughter of Betty and Lance Hamby, is a senior general psychology major.

Jonathan Whitford of New Bern received the Charles and Margenette A. Hinnant Music Scholarship.  Whitford is an incoming freshman at University of Mount Olive.  He currently attends West Craven High School.  The Charles B. and Margenette A. Hinnant Music Scholarship is given in memory of Charles B. and Margenette A. Hinnant.  Mr. Hinnant was a member of the University of Mount Olive Board of Trustees for many years.

Nick Lewis of New Bern received The W. Burkette Raper Ministerial Student Award.  Lewis, the son of Terri and Ray Lewis, is a senior religion major.  The W. Burkette Raper Ministerial Student Award is given to the 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 of Wilmington, North Carolina, 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 of Dr. W. Burkette Raper, president of University of Mount Olive from 1954-1995.

University of Mount Olive is a private institution rooted in the liberal arts tradition with defining Christian values. The College, sponsored by the Convention of Original Free Will Baptists, has locations in Mount Olive, New Bern, Wilmington, Goldsboro, Jacksonville, Research Triangle Park and Washington.  For more information, visit