The First.

The Morehead-Cain is 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 the first to designate a fund for discovery for each of its scholars. The Morehead-Cain provides an undergraduate experience without peer.

The Framework.

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 unique tapestry that makes up the Morehead-Cain community across the globe.

The Freedom.

Scholars bring the potential, we set it free. We identify. We invest. We empower. 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.

Support for Life at Carolina and Around the World

  • Tuition, books, room and board and/or semester stipend
  • An optional gap year between senior year in high school and the first year at Carolina
  • A four-year Summer Enrichment Program made up of diverse, customized experiences:
  • The opportunity to study abroad for a semester or summer term
  • Discovery funds to be used for educational opportunities outside the classroom