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Welcome to the Morehead-Cain blog! 

This is a space for Morehead-Cain staff, scholars, and alumni to share opinions, ideas, and experiences in a conversational format. Our goals are to help prospective scholars get to know us better, to spark thoughtful conversations among student-leaders, and (we hope!) to push forward the field of higher education. After all, we’ve been running this scholarship program for a long time, and we’ve learned a few things along the way. We want to share some of those learnings to help others—and to open a public dialogue on best practices in leadership development, personal growth, and what it means to live a life of “intentional serendipity.”

Over the next few months, this blog will focus on our selection process—how it works, what we’re looking for, and why bright young leaders like you should apply in the first place. First, the process itself: every element is designed and implemented with intentionality and care. Each year, we read thousands of applications and interview hundreds of semi-finalists and finalists. Every application is impressive in its own way, and our choices become harder with each successive round. We want to use this space to give some insight into how we make those decisions and why we’ve chosen the processes we have in place.

We’re not secretive about our selection criteria, either. We select candidates based on their demonstrated capacity for leadership, their moral force of character, their outstanding academic record and demonstrated love of learning, and their commitment to health and physical activity. We’ll dive into each of these in more detail in future blog posts. 

The most fun thing to talk about is why you should apply. We love Carolina and want to show you what makes it so special. There’s lots to brag about when it comes to what our program provides, but undoubtedly the best part is that it brings you to Chapel Hill. You might never have pictured yourself at a state university, let alone a public university in the South, but we’re here to show you why choosing Carolina would be the best decision you’ve ever made. Follow along as we share tidbits of the Morehead-Cain experience—which is fundamentally a UNC experience.

That’s it for now! You can expect all those things, and more, as we use this blog as an opportunity to explore and share. Stay tuned for future posts about what to expect in our selection process, what we seek in scholars . . . and why Chapel Hill is the best place on earth (leaving objectivity to the admissions readers!).

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