About the Scholarship

The Morehead Cain Scholars Program is one of the most reputed scholarships in the United States. This scholarship is awarded by the Morehead-Cain Foundation to provide financial assistance to students to enable them to achieve their goals of completing education and pursuing a bright future.

The Scholarship is specifically designed for the four-year undergraduate program to completely free the students from the fringes of the financial burden and allow themselves to just focus on education and overall development.

This scholarship is awarded to students from North Carolina in U.S., Canada, and also to students from the UK who are presently studying or willing to study in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 


Morehead-Cain Scholarship award amount

The scholarship amounts to approximately $80,000 for the in-state students and $14,0000 for the out-state students. This scholarship not only pays the complete tuition and boarding fees but also pays for the additional ventures during summer and Discovery Fund experiences. 

The number of awardees keeps varying every year and it largely depends on the quality of students who file the applications. Last year, 70 students were selected for the program. 


Basic Requirements for the Morehead-Cain Scholarship

Getting selected for this scholarship will not only help you to get a fully-funded college degree but also connect to an amazing alumni network across the globe. Recipients of this scholarship are sharp, confident and brilliant in their fields of interest and prove to be an asset to the society they grow up to live in.

Primarily, a few qualities that the committee looks in a candidate before awarding the scholarships are given. 

  • The portrayal of natural leadership qualities.

  • Demonstration of courage, humility, and integrity blended in the character of the individual.

  • Ability to grab opportunities and perform to the utmost potential.

  • Exhibit sustained dedication towards fitness and well being.


Morehead-Cain Scholarship Application

There are certain restrictions when it comes to students studying outside North Carolina, although the scholarship has no minimum GPA requirement as such. 

  • Direct application is accepted only for the students studying in North Carolina.

  • Students from Canada or the UK need to be nominated by their educational institution.

  • Students outside of North Carolina are required to apply for enrollment in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill before the deadline. 

There are further selection rounds among the finalists which include a personal interview, candidate interactions, and so on.


Morehead-Cain Scholarship Deadline

All the applications and nominations must be submitted before the deadline. For the term 2019-2023, the application deadline is over. The Morehead Cain Scholarship application deadline is October 15, 2019, for the class of 2020-2024. 


Eligibility Criteria

  • The student has to be nominated by the high school.

  • The applicant should be a competitive applicant to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

  • The student should graduate by the spring.