Starting your Morehead-Cain application
Welcome back to the Morehead-Cain blog!
It’s September. That means our application has been live for a few weeks, a new school year is well under way, and our email inboxes are filling up with questions about the application process. So we thought we would take some time to talk about our process and what should be on nominees’ minds as they get started.
Find out if you’re eligible
If you’re interested in applying for the Morehead-Cain, your first step is to find out if you’re eligible. Your eligibility for the scholarship largely depends on where you’re from. It gets a little complicated, so we have a whole page on our website devoted to helping you sort it out.
- Students from North Carolina, the United Kingdom, and Canada can apply without an official school nomination. Students from those places can also be nominated by their schools or by an affiliate program.
- If you’re not from North Carolina, the United Kingdom, or Canada, you must attend and be nominated by an official nominating school or affiliate program.
- Another way for you to be considered is to apply to The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill by the Early Action deadline (October 15) so you can be considered through the Morehead-Cain Admissions Referral Program.
Do some soul-searching
If you’re eligible (and we hope you are!), we recommend that your next step is to . . . pause. Take a breath and reflect. Ask yourself some questions. Like: What are my values? What motivates me? What are my goals and dreams? Why do I do what I do? Where do I want it to take me?
Then, read more about the Morehead-Cain. Poke around our website, learn about our values and selection criteria, and decide whether you’re a good fit for the Program. Do our values align with yours? In what ways?
This reflection process will help you immensely as you’re filling out your application. Every scholarship is different, and we want to know why you’re qualified for ours. Our application process is designed to help us get to know you, and that becomes a lot easier when you really know yourself.
Browse the recommender section of the application
It’s never too early to think about who should be your recommender. Then you’ll be ready to submit their name and email address via our application portal as soon as you start. When you do, that person receives email instructions for how they can upload their recommendation letter. Their final deadline for submitting their materials is the same as yours . So it’s a good idea to give them as much advance notice as possible!
How do I choose my recommender?
We ask each of our Morehead-Cain 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 should go ahead and send us your school counselor’s name and email address through the application portal so we can get that process started for them. 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.
Feel free to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about what we’ve shared here today!
All the best,
The Morehead-Cain Staff