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America’s first merit scholarship program at America’s first public university.

Application & Eligibility

Who We’re
Looking For

We’re looking for leaders of high character and intellect who seek to leave a positive impact on Carolina and the world.


If you’ve read about the Morehead-Cain and believe it is a good fit for you, the next step is to find out if you’re eligible to apply.

Frequently Asked Questions

Review our frequently asked questions page to learn more about the application process.

Impact & Experience

The Morehead-Cain challenges emerging leaders to seize their education and positively impact the University, state, nation, and world.

Support Our Work

Morehead-Cain Alumni and other supporters accelerate our impact every day. From making a donation to becoming a Nominating Partner, there are many ways to support the Program and scholars.

News & Updates

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May 14, 2024

Dinita James ’81: Three takeaways from the Morehead-Cain Civil Rights tour of the South

Written by Dinita James ’81, a participant on the Morehead-Cain Civil Rights tour of the…

  • Alumni Stories
A monument, sitting atop a cement circle and surrounded by grass, reads in large letters: “I AM A MAN.”
May 07, 2024

Karen Stevenson ’79 on the Morehead-Cain Civil Rights tour of the South: ‘It’s hard not to be changed by this journey

Written by Karen Stevenson ’79, a participant on the Morehead-Cain Civil Rights tour of the…

  • Alumni Stories
Campus scenes from the Old Well on April 17, 2024, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. (Johnny Andrews/UNC-Chapel Hill)
May 07, 2024

Morehead-Cains On the Move: Spring 2024

Morehead-Cain Alumni landed new jobs, received accolades, earned advanced degrees, and more. Here’s who made…

  • Alumni Stories

About Morehead-Cain

Morehead-Cain is a community and an experience like no other, challenging emerging leaders to reach their potential and shape societies.

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