Application First Steps

Blog | August 3, 2018

Welcome back to the Morehead-Cain blog!

Our application portal goes live in less than two weeks, so now is a great time to start thinking about first steps. Last week we covered a few things you should do when you’re considering applying. If you’re not sure whether you’re eligible, check out last week’s post. If you’re ready to take the next steps, here’s what you should know:

What should be my first step when starting the application?

You don’t have access to the application until August 15, but you can get started in another way. Before you even log into the application portal, you can start figuring out who should be your recommender. Then you’ll be ready to submit your recommender’s name and email address via our application portal the moment the application goes live. When you do, that person will get an automated email with instructions for how they can upload their recommendation letter for your application. Their final deadline for submitting is the same as yours (sometime in October, depending on where you’re from). So it’s a good idea to give them as much advance notice as possible!

How do I decide who should be my recommender?

The Morehead-Cain asks each of our applicants to list one person who can recommend them for the scholarship. Students often choose a teacher or counselor, but your recommender can be any school official. Your recommender should be someone who knows you well. They should be able to comment on your personal character and leadership qualities as well as your commitment to learning and capacity to succeed academically.

Ideally, your recommender would be able to help us get to know you even beyond the project(s) you’ve worked on directly with that person. It might be someone who’s been able to see you in action in other parts of your life. What’s most important is that your recommender is someone who has known you for a while, so they can tell us what you’re really like as a person and a leader, and how you’ve grown as an individual over time.

What does my school counselor have to do for my application?

Your school counselor needs to submit your high school transcript and some basic school information. You can send us your school counselor’s name and email address through the application portal as soon as the application goes live on August 15. Keep in mind that your school counselor has the same final deadline as your recommender—and you!—to submit their portion of the application. Just like with your recommender, it’s nice to give your counselor an early heads up.

Once you’ve submitted your counselor’s and recommender’s information, you can take your time completing the rest of the application by the October deadline.

So, to recap:

  • Our application goes live August 15!
  • Until then, you can spend time thinking about who your recommender should be.
  • Your recommender should be someone who knows you well, ideally even beyond the classroom.
  • Before you submit their name in your application, you should talk to your recommender about what the Morehead-Cain is and why you feel you’re qualified.
  • You should notify your school counselor that you are applying for the Morehead-Cain, and that they should eventually expect an email asking them to provide us with some school information on your behalf.
  • Completing these steps right away is smart because your recommender’s and counselor’s deadline for completing their portions of your application is the same as your final submission deadline. Your application cannot be considered unless all materials are received.

Stay tuned for our next blog post, which will get you excited for the application by telling you more about what some scholars say is their favorite element of the Morehead-Cain experience: the Summer Enrichment Program.

And please reach out to if you have any questions about what we’ve shared here today!