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.