An Evening with UMO Brings in Scholarship Funds

An Evening with UMO Brings in Scholarship Funds

An Evening with UMO Brings in Scholarship Funds


MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive Alumni Association recently held its annual scholarship fundraising event called “An Evening with UMO.”


Alumni Relations Director Hope McPherson Fields, said, “We were very pleased with this year’s event.  Both attendance and funds raised were up from last year’s event.  This means that more money will go to both our traditional and non-traditional students for scholarships.  For that reason, I think we can call the 2018 Evening with UMO event a great success.”


Held at “The Farm” venue in Selma, guests were entertained by the ever-popular band, Spare Change.  Large and small items were raffled off throughout the evening, including a trip to the Bahamas, a fine dining package, and excursions to Wilmington, Raleigh, and Asheville.  Over 150 people attended the occasion, which brought in more than $15,000 for student scholarships.


“My favorite part of the event was the band,” said alumnus Josh Harward.  “We used to listen to them in college, so this brought back great memories.”


Alumna Kasey Harward said, “My parents met at Mount Olive College, and I met my husband there as well.  Supporting our alma mater and keeping the tradition alive is important to me. I hope our son goes to UMO someday.”


“This event would not be possible without the efforts of our Alumni Board, sponsors, and those in attendance,” said Fields.  “Their contributions and support continue to grow our scholarship funds, thus enabling our ability to transform students’ lives.”


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, Goldsboro, Research Triangle Park, Washington and Jacksonville. For more information, visit