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 Early Decision (ED) to other colleges and universities and still apply for the Morehead-Cain. We only ask that candidates notify us as soon as possible if they’re admitted Early Decision to another institution and, if they’re not admitted ED and would like to remain in our process, that they not apply binding ED II.

  • 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, 2022.

  • Morehead-Cain is following the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s guidance and will therefore be test-optional for scholarship selection in the 2021–2022 cycle. Students who are unable or choose not to submit testing will not be at a disadvantage in our selection process. Our review of your application emphasizes the rigor of academic work in high school, the courses you took, and your overall academic performance.

  • UNC-Chapel Hill hosts two independent merit scholarship programs: the Morehead-Cain and the Robertson. Students attending schools in North Carolina can be considered for both scholarships at the same time.

    SPECIAL NOTE: Morehead-Cain is an equal opportunity organization. It is the policy of the Morehead-Cain Foundation not to discriminate against any nominee or applicant on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, creed, disability, marital status, veteran status, political affiliation, or any other factor protected by law.

Important Dates

The deadline for the North Carolina application is October 15, 2021
December 17, 2021

Semifinalist notification to all students attending North Carolina High schools

December 18, 2021–January 3, 2022

Video interviews for North Carolina semifinalists

January 14, 2022

Finalist notification to students attending North Carolina High Schools

February 12–13, 2022

Final Selection Interviews

What is Final Selection Weekend?
April 11, 2022

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, or applied to UNC Early Action and referred by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions

Things you should know:

  • Morehead-Cain applicants may apply Early Decision (ED) to other colleges and universities and still apply for the Morehead-Cain. We only ask that candidates notify us as soon as possible if they’re admitted Early Decision to another institution and, if they’re not admitted ED and would like to remain in our process, that they not apply binding ED II.

    *IMPORTANT DEADLINE UPDATE (posted September 3, 2021): Our thoughts are with the students and schools impacted by Hurricane Ida. We hope that you and your families are safe. We realize that many communities have experienced wind damage, flooding, and prolonged power outages. For those of you in Louisiana who are affected by the aftermath of the storm, we have extended the application deadline by two weeks—to October 15, 2021. Please contact the Selections team (selections@moreheadcain.org) if there is anything we can do to assist you, or if you have any questions about this one-time deadline extension.

  • 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, 2022.

    If you are not a school nominee, or you do not attend a nominating school, we encourage you to apply to UNC-Chapel Hill by the Early Action deadline of October 15, 2022. Students who apply to UNC before the Early Action deadline may be considered for the Morehead-Cain through the Admissions Referral Program (ARP).

    Learn more about Admissions Referral

  • Morehead-Cain is following the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s guidance and will therefore be test-optional for scholarship selection in the 2021–2022 cycle. Students who are unable or choose not to submit testing will not be at a disadvantage in our selection process. Our review of your application emphasizes the rigor of academic work in high school, the courses you took, and your overall academic performance.

  • UNC-Chapel Hill hosts two independent merit scholarship programs: the Morehead-Cain and the Robertson. A student can be considered for both scholarships at the same time.

    SPECIAL NOTE: Morehead-Cain is an equal opportunity organization. It is the policy of the Morehead-Cain Foundation not to discriminate against any nominee or applicant on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, creed, disability, marital status, veteran status, political affiliation, or any other factor protected by law.

Important Dates

The deadline for the out-of-state application is October 1, 2021. *Please see important deadline update under “Things you should know” for those in Louisiana who are affected by Hurricane Ida.
November 11, 2021

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

November 12–18, 2021

Video interviews with out-of-state and international semifinalists

December 17, 2021

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

February 12–13, 2022

Final Selection Interviews

What is Final Selection Weekend?
April 11, 2022

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 Early Decision (ED) to other colleges and universities and still apply for the Morehead-Cain. We only ask that candidates notify us as soon as possible if they’re admitted Early Decision to another institution and, if they’re not admitted ED and would like to remain in our process, that they not apply binding ED II.

  • 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, 2022.

  • UNC-Chapel Hill hosts two independent merit scholarship programs: the Morehead-Cain and the Robertson. A student can be considered for both scholarships at the same time.

  • Morehead-Cain is following the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s guidance and will therefore be test-optional for scholarship selection in the 2021–2022 cycle. Students who are unable or choose not to submit testing will not be at a disadvantage in our selection process. Our review of your application emphasizes the rigor of academic work in high school, the courses you took, and your overall academic performance.

    SPECIAL NOTE: Morehead-Cain is an equal opportunity organization. It is the policy of the Morehead-Cain Foundation not to discriminate against any nominee or applicant on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, creed, disability, marital status, veteran status, political affiliation, or any other factor protected by law.

Important Dates

The deadline for the U.K. application is October 15, 2021
November 5, 2021

Semifinalist notification to British students

November 21–23, 2021

British semifinal interviews

November 24, 2021

Finalist notification to British students will take place on Wednesday, November 24.

February 12–13, 2022

Final Selection Interviews

What is Final Selection Weekend?
April 11, 2022

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 Early Decision (ED) to other colleges and universities and still apply for the Morehead-Cain. We only ask that candidates notify us as soon as possible if they’re admitted Early Decision to another institution and, if they’re not admitted ED and would like to remain in our process, that they not apply binding ED II.

  • 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, 2022.

  • UNC-Chapel Hill hosts two independent merit scholarship programs: the Morehead-Cain and the Robertson. A student can be considered for both scholarships at the same time.

  • Morehead-Cain is following the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s guidance and will therefore be test-optional for scholarship selection in the 2021–2022 cycle. Students who are unable or choose not to submit testing will not be at a disadvantage in our selection process. Our review of your application emphasizes the rigor of academic work in high school, the courses you took, and your overall academic performance.

    SPECIAL NOTE: Morehead-Cain is an equal opportunity organization. It is the policy of the Morehead-Cain Foundation not to discriminate against any nominee or applicant on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, creed, disability, marital status, veteran status, political affiliation, or any other factor protected by law.

Important Dates

The deadline for the Canadian application is October 29, 2021
December 2, 2021

Semifinalist notification to Canadian students

December 3–9, 2021

Video interviews for Canadian semifinalists

December 17, 2021

Finalist notification to Canadian students

February 12–13, 2022

Final Selection Interviews

What is Final Selection Weekend?
April 11, 2022

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 Early Decision (ED) to other colleges and universities and still apply for the Morehead-Cain. We only ask that candidates notify us as soon as possible if they’re admitted Early Decision to another institution and, if they’re not admitted ED and would like to remain in our process, that they not apply binding ED II.

  • 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, 2022.

    If you are not a school nominee, or you do not attend a nominating school, you may apply to UNC-Chapel Hill by the Early Action deadline of October 15, 2021. All students who apply to UNC before the Early Action deadline are considered for the Morehead-Cain through the Admissions Referral Program (ARP).

  • UNC-Chapel Hill hosts two independent merit scholarship programs: the Morehead-Cain and the Robertson. A student can be considered for both scholarships at the same time.

  • Morehead-Cain is following the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s guidance and will therefore be test-optional for scholarship selection in the 2021–2022 cycle. Students who are unable or choose not to submit testing will not be at a disadvantage in our selection process. Our review of your application emphasizes the rigor of academic work in high school, the courses you took, and your overall academic performance.

    SPECIAL NOTE: Morehead-Cain is an equal opportunity organization. It is the policy of the Morehead-Cain Foundation not to discriminate against any nominee or applicant on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, creed, disability, marital status, veteran status, political affiliation, or any other factor protected by law.

Important Dates

The deadline for the international application is October 15, 2021
November 11, 2021

Semifinalist notification to international students

November 12–18, 2021

Video interviews for international semifinalists

December 17, 2021

Finalist notification to international students

February 12–13, 2022

Final Selection Interviews

What is Final Selection Weekend?
April 11, 2022

Deadline to accept the Morehead-Cain