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Melfe and Von Handorf awarded University Scholars Fellowship

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio — Mount Vernon Nazarene University’s Honors Program is proud to announce Molly R. Melfe and Kate Von Handorf have received the University Scholars Fellowship for 2018.

The USF is a full-tuition scholarship 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. Applicants are interviewed on campus by panelists who ultimately awarded two scholarships this year.

Melfe was already MVNU bound before earning the full-tuition scholarship.

“I was very excited to hear that I had received one of the scholarships,” Melfe said. “I had already decided to come to MVNU, but it really reaffirmed my decision and it was very rewarding to see all my hard work throughout high school pay off.”

A marketing major, she is the daughter of Victor and Laura Melfe of Delaware, Ohio.

Von Handorf said being a member of the women’s golf team was her initial reason to come to MVNU, but she quickly realized all the university has to offer.

“The quality of the academic programs was also very important to me, and as I researched MVNU, I was very pleased with what I found,” Von Handorf said. “Then, when I arrived on campus for my interview, I fell in love with the place immediately. I was looking for a small Christian college with a welcoming atmosphere, and I certainly found that at MVNU.”

She is the daughter of Jeff and Joy Von Handorf of Waynesville, Ohio.

“It is an honor to welcome Molly and Kate to MVNU and the University’s Honors Program,” said Dr. W. Brett Wiley, Honors Program Director. “They are worthy recipients of the University Scholars Fellowship, and I look forward to helping them achieve their goals in the future.”

The Honor’s Program challenges academically-driven students through an environment focused on collaborative discussion.

“Along the way, students develop valuable skills and habits such as interdisciplinary thinking or advanced writing that will serve them in whatever path they choose in the future,” said Wiley. “By graduation they are better equipped to excel in their vocations, better prepared to provide a faithful Christian presence, and better able to live as thoughtful, engaged human beings in our world.”

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.