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Wells Receives Morris Award for Academic Excellence at UMO


Wells Receives Morris Award for Academic Excellence at UMO

MOUNT OLIVE- Kaylee Aneja Wells of Mount Olive received the distinguished Dr. Thomas R. Morris Award for Academic Excellence at the University of Mount Olive’s Spring Commencement on Saturday, May 6. 

The $3,000 cash award is given to the baccalaureate graduate who best exemplifies serious academic pursuit and love and breadth of learning. The award requires a minimum 3.7 cumulative grade point average and exhibited leadership in extracurricular activities. The recipient must have been a full-time student and is selected by a committee of faculty members and Student Government Association representatives. 

This year's recipient, Kaylee Aneja Wells, is a graduate of North Duplin High School.  She graduated Saturday from the University of Mount Olive Saturday with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and minors in physics and religion. She is a member of the Honors Program and has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity.  Wells is the daughter of Louise Wells. 

Benefactor of the Morris Award is retired Goldsboro optometrist, Dr. Thomas R. Morris. A native of Nahunta in Wayne County, Dr. Morris was raised in the Union Grove OFWB Church. A graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, he now resides in Wilmington.

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

Pictured:  Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. David Hines presents the Thomas R. Morris Award for Academic Excellence to Kaylee Aneja Wells.  Eugene Sumner, Chair of the Academic Affairs Committee of the UMO Board of Trustees, looks on.