Local students honored at UMO


Three students from Mount Olive and two from Duplin County were recognized for their achievements during the University of Mount Olive’s Annual Awards Ceremony.

A junior business management major from Mount Olive, Matthew Kornegay received the Handy Mart Business Scholarship. The scholarship is sponsored by EJ and Judson Pope for two rising juniors majoring in business administration who best exhibit excellence in academics, university and community service and civic responsibility.

Kornegay is also a member of UMO’s baseball team.

A junior recreation and leisure studies major from Mount Olive, Logan Price earned the Most Promising Recreation/Leisure Studies Underclassman award.

Price was honored for demonstrating outstanding scholarship and service leadership capabilities. A student must complete at least 30 semester hours at UMO and at least 12 semester hours of RLS course work, and have a cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 2.7 or better and a 3.0 GPA or better on all RLS course work.

Mount Olive’s Blair Tadlock was named the Louise Edgerton Teacher Education Student of the Year. She is a senior elementary education major who has demonstrated academic excellence and shown promise as a prospective educator.

The award is provided through the generosity of the late Dr. Thomas R. Morris in memory of his cousin, Louise Edgerton, to honor her 18 years of service as a trustee to UMO and her 40 years as a public school teacher.

A sophomore elementary education major, Andrew Cruse of Faison received the President’s Citizenship Award. Established in 1972, the scholarship 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 UMO.

Warsaw resident Elizabeth Stalls earned the MBA Student of the Year award, which is presented to an MBA scholar who completed all course requirements with UMO and earned the highest GPA among all UMO MBA students who met the graduation criteria during the prior calendar year.


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