To Apply

The application deadline of October 1, 2013 for all school and affiliate program nominees has passed.

Note: Please allow us one week to process any transcript that was faxed or mailed to our office.

To be Eligible for the Morehead-Cain

You must be a competitive applicant to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, on track to graduate in the spring, and unmarried and without children. For more information on nominating or applying, please select your location from the menu above.

Note: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill hosts two independent merit scholarship programs: the Morehead-Cain and the Robertson. A student may not be considered for both scholarships at UNC-Chapel Hill at the same time.

To be selected for the Morehead-Cain

You must demonstrate:

Moral Force of Character

Integrity, empathy, bravery, humility, maturity, generosity: these form the bedrock of the Morehead-Cain culture.


It isn’t the high-achieving student we seek so much as the scholar — the one for whom knowledge is about more than grades and test scores, and for whom learning is an appetite rather than a means to an end.

Physical Vigor

It’s as simple as a demonstrated commitment to an active lifestyle and a dedication to fitness and physical activity.†


It’s more than titles held or roles played. Here, leadership demonstrates courage and action. Morehead-Cains initiate. They act and impact. They influence and they inspire.

The Morehead-Cain is conferred solely on the basis of merit. Financial need is not considered in the selection of Morehead-Cain Scholars.

† Due consideration is given to nominees with physical limitations.