With only three percent of candidates gaining admission to the program each year, the Morehead-Cain is among the most highly selective of the elite undergraduate merit scholarship programs in the U.S.
North Carolina Schools: All high schools in North Carolina are eligible to nominate students for the Morehead-Cain. The number of nominees from each North Carolina school is determined by the size of the senior class:
Size of Senior Class | Number of Nominees
- Up to 199 | 2 nominees
- 200–399 | 3 nominees
- 400–499 | 4 nominees
- 500+ | 5 nominees
British and Canadian Schools: All British and Canadian schools are eligible to become nominating partners, and each school may nominate up to three students for the Morehead-Cain. If your school is not currently a nominating school, but you would like to nominate students for the Morehead-Cain, please contact selections to have your school added to our list of nominating partners.
Out-of-State and International Schools: Out-of-state and international secondary schools must be named official nominating schools by the Morehead-Cain Foundation to be eligible to put forward students for the scholarship. Out-of-state nominating schools may nominate two seniors each year for the Morehead-Cain; international nominating schools may nominate three seniors each year.
Interested in becoming a nominating school? Please visit this site in January 2018 to apply to become a nominating school for the 2018–2019 academic year. The process to accept eligible nominating schools for the 2017–2018 cycle is closed. We will follow up in April with all interested schools. Feel free to contact selections with any questions.
If you are a counselor at a school that is not currently a nominating partner, your students could still be eligible for the Morehead-Cain through the Admissions Referral Program (ARP). Students who apply to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill by the October 15 Early Action deadline are considered for the Morehead-Cain. North Carolina residents attending high school outside the state may nominate themselves and apply directly.
How To Nominate a Student:
Convene a school nominating committee, which may consist of counselors, school administrators, and other faculty members. Then, take a look at our brief video for tips and make your selection based on the Morehead-Cain selection criteria. To assist you in identifying your nominee(s), feel free to distribute the following forms to your colleagues and students as appropriate:
- For faculty and staff input: Recommendation for Nomination (North Carolina Schools); Recommendation for Nomination (Out-of-state Schools)
- For additional information on potential nominees: Morehead-Cain Questionnaire
Once selection is made, it is the nominating committee’s responsibility to notify the nominee and direct him or her to create an account and complete the online Morehead-Cain application as soon as possible. Finally, please complete a School Report Form (sent via e-mail once your student enters your name and e-mail address into his or her application ) for your nominee and submit it with his or her transcript.