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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

Headshots of Anna Connors ’24 and Lia Salvatierra ’24
June 17, 2024

Anna Connors ’24 and Lia Salvatierra ’24 named Hearst National Champions for excellence in journalism

  Anna Connors ’24 and Lia Salvatierra ’24 have been named 2024 Hearst National Champions…

  • Alumni Stories
Headshot of Patton McDowell ’89
June 11, 2024

The Catalyze podcast: Patton McDowell ’89 of PMA Nonprofit Leadership on the strategies that empower change makers in philanthropy

Patton McDowell ’89 is the founder and president of PMA Nonprofit Leadership. The firm provides…

  • Alumni Stories
Headshot of Timothy Sullivan ’85
June 03, 2024

Timothy Sullivan ’85 appointed chair of the Morehead-Cain Board of Trustees, succeeding David C. Wright III ’80

Walker Poole ’87 named vice chair The Morehead-Cain Foundation has appointed Timothy Sullivan ’85 as…

  • 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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