“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is
no path and leave a trail.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson
Who We Are
The first merit scholarship program established in the United States. Founded at the first public university in the United States. The first to envision and implement a strategic summer enrichment program and, most recently, the first to designate a fund for discovery for each of our scholars. Established in 1945 and inspired by the Rhodes Scholarship at Oxford University, the Morehead-Cain provides an undergraduate experience without peer.
Four years, four summers—fully funded. Immersion in a vibrant student body. Experienced advisors to introduce passion and potential to a world of opportunity. Exclusive enrichment and networking opportunities—indeed a lifetime connection—with the unparalleled community of Morehead-Cains across the globe.
Scholars bring the potential, we set it free. We fund. We connect. We encourage. On occasion we question. Sometimes we guide. Frequently we get out of the way. What we don’t do is dictate. The Morehead-Cain is a program proven to develop leaders in a framework intentionally nimble. We provide a net, then let scholars go, giving them the trust and freedom to pursue their own interests, mine their own potential, determine their own sphere of influence, and have their own impact.
What We Do
Decades of experience have developed a singular expertise—pinpointing impact amid a sea of promise. The process is rigorous, the result is this: a small, select community of discernible influence. Morehead-Cain Scholars are driven leaders possessing the rare combination of potential, principle, and purpose, who seek—and receive—more from their undergraduate experience than academic achievement alone.
More than just money. Confidence. Trust. Networks. Time. Community. Collective wisdom. A proven framework. We employ all of the relationships and resources of the Foundation to accelerate the scholars’ experience, providing them more insight, more connections, more engagement, more skill, more understanding, more capacity for impact.
Accepting the invitation to become a Morehead-Cain means accepting the lifelong challenge inherent in it: To impact—positively, profoundly, perpetually—the people and pursuits that define your life.