How to apply for the Morehead-Cain

The deadline of October 1, 2018 for out-of-state nominees to apply for the Morehead-Cain has passed.
The deadline for North Carolina, British, and International nominees to apply for the Morehead-Cain is October 15, 2018.
The deadline for Canadian nominees to apply for the Morehead-Cain is October 31, 2018.
The final deadline to apply for admission to Carolina is January 15, 2019.

Application Deadline Extension for Some North Carolinians

Our thoughts are with the candidates and schools impacted by Hurricane Florence and Tropical Storm Michael. Particularly for those impacted in North Carolina, we hope your families are safe! We realize that many communities have experienced wind damage, flooding, and prolonged power outages.

For those of you significantly affected by these storms, the application deadline, and the deadline for submitting all supporting school materials, has been extended to Monday, October 22. The deadline remains October 15 for all others.

We trust students to use their own best judgement and submit by the appropriate date. Please let us know if we may assist you any further by emailing us at

Seeking Morehead-Cain Scholars

The Morehead-Cain Foundation seeks driven, courageous, and inquisitive leaders interested in embracing new and unknown experiences and impacting—positively and profoundly—the people and pursuits that define their lives.

The Morehead-Cain is a four-year, fully funded educational experience for students of the highest caliber. It is so much more than tuition and room and board at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 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 living all around the globe.

Who do you aspire to be? Are you willing to commit yourself to superior effort, industry, and responsibility? Are you ready to add your mark to the Morehead-Cain legacy?

The benefits of making such a commitment are practically limitless.

What we’re looking for

  • An ability to influence, energize, and inspire others to work together to make an impact
  • Courage, humility, integrity, and perseverance
  • A lifelong desire to learn and share newfound knowledge and inspiration with others
  • Dedication to collaboration, wellness, and persistence

What you’ll do

  • Embrace new adventures and meaningful risks that will stretch you beyond your comfort zone
  • Challenge convention, spark conversations, and pursue answers to the most puzzling issues of our time
  • Strive for a deeper understanding of your own strengths and weaknesses, values and beliefs, convictions and worldview
  • Celebrate what’s needed to navigate obstacles, adapt to a changing world, and try new strategies to accomplish your goals
  • Use your gifts and abilities to the fullest to better your community and the world
  • Champion integrity and celebrate teamwork, giving more than you expect to get
  • Thrive in Carolina’s academically rigorous environment
  • Set the proper tone for leadership and integrity on campus
  • Encourage others through persistent joy, humor, and positivity
  • Accelerate your life experience

What you’ll receive

  • Lifetime membership in a community of leaders, thinkers, and explorers who are ready to offer their support, mentorship, and guidance
  • A fully funded education at one of the world’s finest universities
  • The freedom to chart your own course and apply your talents in any way you wish
  • Summers packed with transformational experiences around the world
  • The unwavering support of an experienced and professional staff
  • An undergraduate education filled with exceptional opportunities and experiences without peer