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Dersom awarded MVNU’s University Scholars Fellowship

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio — Nathaniel Dersom, a freshman Engineering major at Mount Vernon Nazarene University, has been awarded the prestigious University Scholars Fellowship, according to Dr. W. Brett Wiley, Honors Program director.

“Nathaniel had already accomplished a great deal and exhibited a wide range of interests prior to arriving on campus this fall,” said Wiley. “During the interview process, we were impressed by his poise, character, and vision for the future; he is definitely a deserving recipient.”

The USF is a full-tuition scholarship, currently renewable for up to five years. It is offered to incoming freshmen with a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher, and an ACT score of 33 or higher. The award also establishes acceptance into the Honors Program.

“I was exuberant and so thankful to God for giving me such an opportunity,” Dersom said about his selection.

The fellowship is awarded after reviewing academic transcripts and an interview process that explores each student’s accomplishments as well as their aspirations and expectations of their time at MVNU.

“During my college search, there were three key components to my ideal school: Academic strength, an affordable education, and a Christian environment. Mount Vernon gave me all of these and more,” said Dersom.

He will specialize in mechanical engineering in MVNU’s newly accredited engineering program and is considering the pursuit of the electrical engineering specialization as well. Dersom is looking forward to the challenges of the Honors Program.

“I’m hoping to grow my relationship with Christ throughout my educational experience and especially in my honors classes where we will think more deeply about our convictions,” Dersom said. “I feel that the Honors Program will also better prepare me for connecting with people who may have different theological viewpoints.”

Dersom is the son of Steven and Myra Dersom of West Jefferson, Ohio. His brother, Grant, a senior at MVNU, was the first USF recipient in 2016.

For more information on MVNU’s Honors Program, visit

Mount Vernon Nazarene University is a private, four-year, intentionally Christian teaching university for traditional age students, graduate students, and working adults. With a 327-acre main campus in Mount Vernon, Ohio, and several convenient Graduate and Professional Studies locations throughout the state, MVNU emphasizes academic excellence, spiritual growth, and service to community and church. MVNU offers an affordable education to more than 2,200 students from 31 states and 22 countries/U.S. territories.