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UMO RTP Student Receives Nontraditional Legacy Scholarship


UMO RTP Student Receives Nontraditional Legacy Scholarship


DURHAM- The University of Mount Olive at RTP has selected Jill McPheron to receive the Nontraditional Legacy Scholarship.


The scholarship is made possible by gifts from University of Mount Olive (UMO) alumni, faculty, staff, and friends during the annual “An Evening with UMO” event. Historically, the proceeds have funded scholarships for only traditional students. In 2016, the Alumni Board voted to divide the proceeds from the 2017 event to include non-traditional scholarships as well. The amount of the scholarship varies each year. For 2017, the scholarship is $450.


For McPheron, the road to UMO was full of challenges. After overcoming an abusive relationship, she came to North Carolina to work for Duke University Hospital. She realized that in order to advance her career, she needed to pursue further education. In January of 2014, she enrolled at UMO. She chose UMO because of its programs that offer accelerated courses.


McPheron faced a new set of challenges when she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Despite these difficulties, she has persevered and is preparing to graduate in December 2018 with a degree in healthcare management. McPheron believes that by working so diligently, she is creating a better future for her family. “I am working a full time job and going to school to ensure our future is bright and comfortable,” she said.


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