International Students Receive Awards at The University of Mount Olive

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

Alejandra  Hernandez Medel of Cuautitlan Izcalli, Mexico received The Jan Brewer Scholarship Award. Medel is a sophomore business management major.  The Jan Brewer Scholarship Award, given in memory of Janet Ruth Brewer (1959—1981), class of 1979, is made possible by an endowment established in Ms. Brewer’s honor in April 1980 by her classmates and friends.  Ms. Brewer, a member of Dublin Grove Free Will Baptist Church, though born with Cystic Fibrosis, achieved her goal of earning a university degree when she received an Associate in Science degree from Mount Olive College.  This award is given to a student who is successfully overcoming adversity in pursuit of a college education.  The Jan Brewer Scholarship is payable on future educational expenses at the Univeristy of Mount Olive. The recipient is chosen by a committee of faculty, student and staff representatives.


Johannes Moolman of Somerset West, Cape Town South Africa received the Accounting Student of the Year Award. Moolman is a senior business accounting major.






Vuk Kesic of Belgrade, New Belgrade, Serbia received The President’s Citizenship Award and The North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants Scholarship. Kesic is a junior business accounting major.  The President’s Citizenship Award, first awarded in 1972, is a scholarship sponsored by President Philip P. Kerstetter and Mrs. Mary Kerstetter. The award is presented to a returning student who has made the greatest contribution to the University during the academic year. The scholarship is payable on future educational expenses at the University of Mount Olive. The recipient is chosen by a ballot of the student body.  The North Carolina Association of CPAs Scholarship is sponsored by the Coastal Plains Chapter of the North Carolina Association of CPAs and awarded to an outstanding senior accounting student selected by the University of Mount Olive accounting faculty.  The selection process culminates in selecting a student who demonstrates extraordinary achievement, leadership, and talent both inside and outside of the classroom.



Steven Cruse of Troon, Ayrshire, Scotland received the Language and Literature Student of the Year Award. Cruse is a senior English communications major.  He interns in the Office of Public Relations at UMO and is a member of the Men’s Volleyball Team.


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