The Morehead-Cain Scholarship was founded in 1951. The scholarship is open to undergraduate students who plan to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The scholarships are quite competitive due to the quality of benefits that recipients receive. A number of Morehead-Cain Scholars have gone on to win prestigious awards, such as the Rhodes Scholarship. Previous Morehead-Cain alumni include: Taylor Branch (Pulitzer Prize winner, Francis Collins (Director of NIH), and Jim Cooper (U.S. Congressman).
In order to be eligible for the Morehead-Cain Scholarship, the applicant must be a high school senior who will graduate in the spring. In addition, the student must be a strong candidate for admission at UNC-Chapel Hill. Students who are under consideration for this scholarship are forbidden from applying to other universities under binding Early Decision programs. However, they may apply to other institutions as a Regular Decision or non-binding Early Decision applicant. The Morehead-Cain website indicates that the selection process is the same for every applicant. However, there are different ways to become a candidate for the scholarship, depending on the student’s country or state of origin. The five main ways to become a candidate are: to receive a nomination from your North Carolina high school or self-entry of North Carolina residents, self-entry or nomination through a Great Britain School, nomination through a Canadian school or self-entry of Canadian applicants, international or out-of-state applicants who self-apply or who are nominated, or through the UNCD Admissions Office Referral Program. Applicants can find more information about the the eligibility criteria at the following website: http://www.moreheadcain.org/take-morehead-cain-scholar/.
Applicants are chosen based on a number of criteria. These include the student’s previous academic achievement, moral character, leadership ability, and interest in learning. Students who are interested in applying for this scholarship must apply by October 15th. In addition to applying to the scholarship, the applicant must apply to UNC-Chapel Hill by January 15th. Additional information on the application process can be found at the following website: http://www.moreheadcain.org/apply/.
Students who are awarded the scholarship receive a number of benefits. The award provides a full-ride scholarship to UNC. This means that the student receives a 4-year scholarship for the full cost of a college tuition, room and board, textbooks, and a laptop computer. In addition, all recipients receive four summer enrichment experiences, which are called Morehead-Cain Summer Enrichment Programs. These programs enable students to further develop or refine their skills in the following areas: Public Service, Outdoor Leadership, Private Enterprise, and Inquiry/Exploration. The Inquiry and Exploration topic enables students to develop their own research agenda and then carry out the research project that they planned.
Students who are considering applying to this scholarship can find a full list of frequently asked questions at the following website: http://www.moreheadcain.org/apply/frequently-asked-questions/. More information about the selection date and application timeline can be found here: http://www.moreheadcain.org/apply/selection-dates/. This scholarship provides an excellent way for well-rounded, motivated, and intellectually curious students to receive a quality education at no cost.