University of Mount Olive Launches New Campaign, Awards Free Education

University of Mount Olive Launches New Campaign, 
Awards Free Education

MOUNT OLIVE, NC – Today, the University of Mount Olive announced a new campaign that will award a free education worth more than $60,000 to a working adult in need of a scholarship.  The campaign aims to find one deserving person who would like to earn a degree, but has faced financial challenges.

Through submitted written or video stories, participants will have the opportunity to share their hopes and hardships, as well as the struggles they have faced in going back to school.  A committee will choose the winning story from the six qualifying candidates.  The winner will be announced on March 18.

“This campaign provides a unique opportunity for people in our communities to tell their life stories and demonstrate the impact a college education could have on their life,” says University of Mount Olive President Dr. Philip P. Kerstetter.  “The University is fortunate to be in a position to give back, thus supporting our mission and the communities we serve.”

Beginning today, the campaign will run for six weeks with one qualifying participant selected each week based on the number of likes on Facebook.  “The campaign is for adults 21 and older interested in attending any of our nontraditional locations,” says UMO Marketing Director Jennifer Merritt.  “Participants will simply visit UMO’s Facebook page and provide a compelling reason why they are deserving of a free education,” she says.

“We are seeking prospective students who have had to put their education on hold because of life’s everyday issues,” says Kerstetter.  “We are so excited to see how this gift of an education will help open doors once never thought possible.”

About the University of Mount Olive:  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, and in Smithfield at Johnston Community College.  For more information, visit