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Investing in Impact


“It is my ardent desire to perpetuate as far as possible the great service which [the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill] has rendered to the State of North Carolina, the South, and the Nation, and I can think of no better way of extending its influence and increasing its prestige than by enabling youth of . . . character and ability . . . to become students thereat.”
–John Motley Morehead III


In 1945, John Motley Morehead III established the first merit scholarship in the United States. His vision was to invest in those with the capacity for leadership so they could use their gifts to give back to University and the world.

In 2007, Mary Cain gave a generous gift to the Morehead Foundation to continue the legacy of her husband, Gordon, whose life and philosophies were very similar to those of John Motley Morehead III.

Morehead-Cain Alumni and friends value the generosity and vision of our two benefactors—a vision that continues to guide us today. We now have the opportunity to invest in a new generation of scholars.