Hard Work Pays Off for UMO Healthcare Management Student

Hard Work Pays Off for UMO Healthcare Management Student

MOUNT OLIVE – When Tanya Bolton of Hillsborough graduated from high school, her mom gave her three choices: college, work, or the military.  She chose work, but soon felt the pull to earn a college degree.  Like many young adults, Bolton’s interests changed and evolved.  She tried her hand at accounting, then banking, and finally nursing.  After earning her associate’s degree in nursing, Bolton began working at Duke University Hospital as a Cardiothoracic ICU Nurse, and later completed her BSN degree.

In 2022, Bolton felt God calling her back to school.  She enrolled in the healthcare management online MBA program at the University of Mount Olive. “I always desired an advanced degree, but wanted something that would combine all of my experience,” she said.  “UMO fit my needs so well.”

Bolton is on track to graduate in May.  Recognized for her educational success, the Delta Mu Delta International Honor Society in Business recently awarded Bolton with the prestigious Mildred R. Marion Award, which includes a $3,000 scholarship.  “I am extremely honored to be recognized by an honor society that encourages academic excellence and empowers students to reach their goals,” she said.  “This award provides additional encouragement for me to continue to excel in education, my career and life.”

Bolton’s long-term goal is to obtain her doctorate in business. “I want to be in a position to affect change and help advance healthcare delivery.”

Bolton credits her mother, Carolyn Thompson, for teaching her about the importance of faith, family, and hard work “My mom has supported me in every phase of my life, and taught me to be strong and fight for what I believe in.”

Besides her mother, Bolton expressed appreciation for her husband David, her children Anyssa, Kris, and Malachi, and her grandchildren Ayden, Ariya, and Noah. “I would like to add my thanks to UMO, the Tillman School of Business faculty, and my advisor Stacy Gray for all the support that I have received throughout this process.”

“I have had a blessed life and career and have been fortunate to meet great people and experience amazing things. Most importantly, I have been able to help people when they need it the most. I have worked hard all my life, but God’s grace has truly brought me to where I am.”

The University of Mount Olive is a private institution rooted in the liberal arts tradition with defining Christian values. The University was founded by the Convention of Original Free Will Baptists. For more information, visit www.umo.edu.