For Canadian students

What is the Morehead-Cain?

The Morehead-Cain and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are home to many firsts. The Morehead-Cain is the first full merit scholarship program in the United States, founded at the country’s first public university. And for seven decades the Program has provided Morehead-Cain Scholars from around the world with unrivaled opportunities and educational experiences.


What does the Morehead-Cain provide?

Four years, fully funded
The Morehead-Cain provides an undergraduate experience without peer. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is home to a vibrant student body, and the Morehead-Cain allows scholars the freedom to pursue their own interests, mine their own potential, and have their own impact. We fund, we connect, and we encourage. Scholars bring the potential—we set it free.

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Summer Enrichment Program
Instituted in 1974, this first-of-its-kind program is now the centerpiece of the Morehead-Cain: four summers, fully funded and strategically designed to broaden perspective, deepen understanding, and accelerate life experience. The Summer Enrichment Program provides a common framework within which scholars customize their Morehead-Cain experience: Outdoor Leadership, Public Service, Inquiry and Exploration, Private Enterprise.

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Discovery Fund
Launched in 2008, Discovery Fund grants allow scholars to say “yes” to serendipitous opportunities that will accelerate their life experience and increase their self-awareness. The Discovery Fund is one of the more recent innovations to the Morehead-Cain Program. Each scholar may apply for grants up to a total of $8,000 during the course of his or her four years at Carolina.

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Sam FletcherHow are Canadian scholars selected?

    • Online application live: 15 August 2016
    • Online application due: 31 October 2016

Applications will be reviewed by Morehead-Cain staff, professional readers, and Canadian Morehead-Cain Alumni. Between fifteen and twenty candidates will be named semifinalists for the scholarship and invited to interview via phone or Skype with a Canadian alumnus/alumna. Between four and six semifinalists will be named finalists for the scholarship.

Those finalists will be flown to North Carolina in March to participate in Final Selection Weekend on campus in Chapel Hill. There, more than 130 finalists from all over the U.S. and the world will gather for a weekend of fellowship and final interviews.

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DSC02766-HDR-PanoWhat else should I know?

    • The Morehead-Cain and UNC-Chapel Hill application processes are separate. Students must also apply to UNC by either the early action (15 October) or regular decision (15 January) deadline.
    • Canadian students do not need to have taken the ACT or SAT before applying to the Morehead-Cain, but they must take them by January in order to apply to UNC-Chapel Hill.
    • Canadian students who do not attend a nominating school may apply for the scholarship directly.

Who can I contact with questions?

For University/Guidance Counsellors

We value our relationships with our nominating partners and thank you for your interest in nominating students for the Morehead-Cain. While each school is allowed to nominate three (3) students for the Morehead-Cain, students who are not nominated are allowed to apply for the scholarship directly.