Common Questions

Applying for the Morehead-Cain is a journey, and you're likely to encounter questions along the way. Here are a few things candidates ask about most often.

I’m a Morehead-Cain nominee. Do I have to apply Early Action to UNC to be considered for the scholarship?

No. If you’re a school nominee or direct applicant for the Morehead-Cain, you’re not required to apply by UNC’s Early Action deadline.

There’s one exception. If you’re otherwise ineligible to apply for the Morehead-Cain but would like to be considered through our Admissions Referral Program (ARP), you must apply Early Action to UNC.

When can I start my Morehead-Cain application?

The application is available on our website beginning in mid-August. If you attend school in North Carolina, Canada, or the United Kingdom, you may begin your application as soon as it’s available. Students from North Carolina will be able to update their nomination status once they have been notified by their counselor whether they are a school nominee.

If you attend an out-of-state or international nominating school, you may begin your application once your school notifies you that you’re Morehead-Cain nominee.

I’m from out-of-state and don’t attend a nominating school. How can I still be considered for the scholarship?

You may be eligible for nomination through the Admissions Referral Program (ARP). To be eligible, students must apply to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill by the October 15, 2021, Early Action (non-binding) deadline.

The UNC Office of Undergraduate Admissions notifies Morehead-Cain of exceptional out-of-state applicants to Carolina. That allows us an opportunity to review additional applicants and invite a selected few to apply for the Morehead-Cain Scholarship directly.

The application timeline for ARP is different than others:

  • December 16, 2021
    Morehead-Cain invites ARP candidates to submit an application for the scholarship and recorded video interview.
  • January 7, 2022
    ARP candidates’ application and recorded video interview are due.
  • January 14, 2022
    Morehead-Cain notifies ARP candidates if they will advance to Final Selection Weekend, to be held March 5 through March 8, 2022, in Chapel Hill.

Out-of-state applicants to the University who do not hear from Morehead-Cain by December 17, 2021, have not been selected to advance in the Morehead-Cain selection process.

Can I apply under a binding Early Decision application plan to another institution?

Yes. We ask only that students notify us as soon as possible if they’re admitted Early Decision and, if they are not admitted, that they not apply binding ED II.

Will Morehead-Cain have access to my UNC Common Application?

No one on the Morehead-Cain staff or selection committees will read your UNC Common Application.

Does my college counselor communicate my Morehead-Cain nomination to you?

Yes. Your college counselor will confirm your nomination status on the school report form. Out-of-state college counselors also submit nominees’ names to us before you begin your application.

Who should write my letter of recommendation?

Choose the person from your school who knows you best. We generally recommend that your college counselor write your letter, but we understand that there are cases in which a teacher or administrator is a better choice.

I’m an international student. When do I have to submit my SAT/ACT scores?

We’d like to see any test scores that you have. If you haven’t yet taken one of these exams, please schedule a testing date and submit your scores to us as soon as you can. Please note that you cannot be admitted to UNC without taking the SAT or ACT.

Do I need to submit official score reports for the ACT, SAT, or AP exams? How do I update my test scores after I have submitted my application?

No, you do not need to submit an official score report. When you submit your application you self-report your test scores and your counselor verifies them. After you have submitted your application, you can log back into your account and add any new or additional test scores on the applicant status page.

When will I be notified if I’m a semifinalist?

This depends on where you attend school. To find your notification date, visit the prospective scholars page and review your timeline.