The Morehead-Cain

We provide a four-year, fully funded educational experience for students of the highest caliber at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

But it’s so much more than tuition and room and board. We set your potential free. We offer life-changing summer enrichment and Discovery Fund experiences. Immersion in a dynamic student body at a world-class university. And lifetime connection to an unparalleled community of Morehead-Cains scattered across the planet.

Our Criteria

The Morehead-Cain is brought to life by hundreds of individuals from around the world—which calls for some criteria.

Leadership

You initiate. You get things done.

You influence, energize, and inspire others to work together to make an impact. It’s more than titles held or roles played. For you, leadership is about courage and action.

You influence, energize, and inspire others to work together to make an impact. It’s more than titles held or roles played. For you, leadership is about courage and action.

Character

Courage, humility, and integrity

Courage, humility, integrity, maturity, perseverance, self‑awareness, generosity, and empathy—these are the core values of the Morehead‑Cain community. You embrace the fact that you are growing and learning.

Courage, humility, integrity, maturity, perseverance, self‑awareness, generosity, and empathy—these are the core values of the Morehead‑Cain community. You embrace the fact that you are growing and learning.

Scholarship

You live for opportunities to learn.

You thrive in an academically rigorous environment, yet are able to contribute to your community in other ways. You’re ready to take full advantage of UNC’s academic excellence.

You thrive in an academically rigorous environment, yet are able to contribute to your community in other ways. You’re ready to take full advantage of UNC’s academic excellence.

Physical Vigor

You have demonstrated a sustained commitment to fitness and wellness

You value what is gained—collaboration, sportsmanship, discipline, stamina, and persistence—by preparing for and engaging in competitions and performances.*

*Due consideration is given to nominees with physical limitations.
You value what is gained—collaboration, sportsmanship, discipline, stamina, and persistence—by preparing for and engaging in competitions and performances.*

Our Stories

Morehead-Cains come from across the globe. Their interests are diverse. Their perspectives vary. These are some of their stories.

“The Morehead-Cain is a call to live your journey, the best and most authentically that you can—your journey, and no one else’s.”
  • Tony Liu
  • Class of 2017