Prospective Scholars

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How do I prepare?

To apply for the Morehead-Cain, you must be:
On track to graduate high school in the spring
A competitive applicant to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Nominated by your high school or an affiliate program, or applying directly

Things you should know:

  • Morehead-Cain applicants may apply to other colleges and universities.*

    *In previous years, applicants who applied to other institutions on a binding Early Decision admissions plan were not eligible to apply for the Morehead-Cain. That restriction is lifted for the 2019–2020 selection year.

  • Admission to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is a separate process from the Morehead-Cain application. All forms and correspondence dealing with admission to Carolina should go directly to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. The deadline to apply for admission to Carolina is January 15, 2020.

  • UNC-Chapel Hill hosts two independent merit scholarship programs: the Morehead-Cain and the Robertson. A student may not be considered for both scholarships at the same time.

Important Dates

The North Carolina application will be open August 15 through October 15, 2019
December 20, 2019

Semifinalist notification to all students attending North Carolina High schools

December 20, 2019–January 3, 2020

Video interviews for North Carolina semifinalists

January 17, 2020

Finalist notification to students attending North Carolina High Schools

February 29–March 3, 2020

Final Selection Weekend in Chapel Hill

What is Final Selection Weekend?
April 13, 2020

Deadline for recipients to accept the Morehead-Cain Scholarship

How do I prepare?

To apply for the Morehead-Cain, you must be:
On track to graduate high school in the spring
A competitive applicant to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Nominated by your high school or an affiliate program

Things you should know:

  • Morehead-Cain applicants may apply to other colleges and universities.*

    *In previous years, applicants who applied to other institutions on a binding Early Decision admissions plan were not eligible to apply for the Morehead-Cain. That restriction is lifted for the 2019–2020 selection year.

  • Admission to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is a separate process from the Morehead-Cain application. All forms and correspondence dealing with admission to Carolina should go directly to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. The deadline to apply for admission to Carolina is January 15, 2020.

  • UNC-Chapel Hill hosts two independent merit scholarship programs: the Morehead-Cain and the Robertson. A student may not be considered for both scholarships at the same time.

Important Dates

The out-of-state application will be open
August 15 through October 1, 2019
November 12, 2019

Semifinalist notification to students attending out-of-state and international high schools

November 12–19, 2019

Video interviews with out-of-state and international semifinalists

December 20, 2019

Finalist notification to students attending out-of-state and international high schools

February 29–March 3, 2020

Final Selection Weekend in Chapel Hill

What is Final Selection Weekend?
April 13, 2020

Deadline to accept the Morehead-Cain

How do I prepare?

To apply for the Morehead-Cain, you must be:
On track to finish Sixth Form in the summer
A competitive applicant to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Nominated by your school or an affiliate program, or applying directly

Things you should know:

  • Morehead-Cain applicants may apply to other colleges and universities.*

    *In previous years, applicants who applied to other institutions on a binding Early Decision admissions plan were not eligible to apply for the Morehead-Cain. That restriction is lifted for the 2019–2020 selection year.

  • Admission to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is a separate process from the Morehead-Cain application. All forms and correspondence dealing with admission to Carolina should go directly to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. The deadline to apply for admission to Carolina is January 15, 2020.

  • UNC-Chapel Hill hosts two independent merit scholarship programs: the Morehead-Cain and the Robertson. A student may not be considered for both scholarships at the same time.

  • British applicants do not need to have taken the ACT or SAT before applying for the Morehead-Cain, but they must take them by January in order to apply to UNC-Chapel Hill.

Important Dates

The U.K. application will be open
August 15 through October 15, 2019
October 31, 2019

Semifinalist notification to British students

November 17–18, 2019

British semifinal interviews in London

November 22, 2019

Finalist notification to British students will take place on Wednesday, November 21.

February 29–March 3, 2020

Final Selection Weekend in Chapel Hill

What is Final Selection Weekend?
April 13, 2020

Deadline to accept the Morehead-Cain

How do I prepare?

To apply for the Morehead-Cain, you must be:
On track to graduate high school or CEGEP in the spring
A competitive applicant to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Nominated by your high school or an affiliate program, or applying directly

Things you should know:

  • Morehead-Cain applicants may apply to other colleges and universities.*

    *In previous years, applicants who applied to other institutions on a binding Early Decision admissions plan were not eligible to apply for the Morehead-Cain. That restriction is lifted for the 2019–2020 selection year.

  • Admission to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is a separate process from the Morehead-Cain application. All forms and correspondence dealing with admission to Carolina should go directly to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. The deadline to apply for admission to Carolina is January 15, 2020.

  • UNC-Chapel Hill hosts two independent merit scholarship programs: the Morehead-Cain and the Robertson. A student may not be considered for both scholarships at the same time.

  • Canadian applicants do not need to have taken the ACT or SAT before applying for the Morehead-Cain, but they must take them by January in order to apply to UNC-Chapel Hill.

Important Dates

The Canadian application will be open
August 15 through October 31, 2019
December 6, 2019

Semifinalist notification to Canadian students

December 6–13, 2019

Video interviews for Canadian semifinalists

December 20, 2019

Finalist notification to Canadian students

February 29–March 3, 2020

Final Selection Weekend in Chapel Hill

What is Final Selection Weekend?
April 13, 2020

Deadline to accept the Morehead-Cain

How do I prepare?

To apply for the Morehead-Cain, you must be:
On track to graduate high school in the spring
A competitive applicant to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Nominated by your high school or an affiliate program

Things you should know:

  • Morehead-Cain applicants may apply to other colleges and universities.*

    *In previous years, applicants who applied to other institutions on a binding Early Decision admissions plan were not eligible to apply for the Morehead-Cain. That restriction is lifted for the 2019–2020 selection year.

  • Admission to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is a separate process from the Morehead-Cain application. All forms and correspondence dealing with admission to Carolina should go directly to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. The deadline to apply for admission to Carolina is January 15, 2020.

  • UNC-Chapel Hill hosts two independent merit scholarship programs: the Morehead-Cain and the Robertson. A student may not be considered for both scholarships at the same time.

  • International applicants do not need to have taken the ACT or SAT before applying for the Morehead-Cain, but they must take them by January in order to apply to UNC-Chapel Hill.

Important Dates

The international application will be open
August 15 through October 15, 2019
November 12, 2019

Semifinalist notification to international students

November 12–19

Video interviews for international semifinalists

December 20, 2019

Finalist notification to international students

February 29–March 3, 2020

Final Selection Weekend in Chapel Hill

What is Final Selection Weekend?
April 13, 2020

Deadline to accept the Morehead-Cain

How do I prepare?

To apply for the Morehead-Cain, you must be:
On track to graduate high school in the spring
A competitive applicant to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Apply to UNC by the the University’s October 15 Early Action deadline

Things you should know:

  • Through a partnership with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, all out-of-state applicants to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill who apply by UNC’s Early Action deadline are considered for the Morehead-Cain.

  • The Office of Undergraduate Admissions refers applicants it considers strong candidates for the Morehead-Cain to the Foundation by early December. The Foundation invites those students to apply directly.

  • UNC-Chapel Hill hosts two independent merit scholarship programs: the Morehead-Cain and the Robertson. A student may not be considered for both scholarships at the same time.

Important Dates

The admissions referral application will be open December 19, 2019, through
January 10, 2020
December 19, 2019

Admissions referral students invited to apply as semifinalists

December 19, 2019 – January 10, 2020

Video interviews for admissions referral nominees

January 17, 2020

Finalist notification to admissions referral students

February 29–March 3, 2020

Final Selection Weekend in Chapel Hill

What is Final Selection Weekend?
April 13, 2020

Deadline to accept the Morehead-Cain Scholarship