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:

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. Students participating in the Morehead-Cain process must submit a completed application to Carolina by:

  • October 15, 2024, if applying Early Action; or
  • January 1, 2025, if applying Regular Decision*


*Please note, this deadline is two weeks prior to UNC’s Regular Decision application deadline.

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.

Morehead-Cain is following the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s guidance regarding the submission of standardized test scores. We do not yet know if the UNC System will waive the test for students applying for admission in fall 2025 and beyond, and will provide an update once this information is confirmed.

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 application to join the Morehead-Cain Class of 2029 will open on August 15, 2024.

Mid December

Semifinalist notification to all students attending North Carolina High Schools

Mid December

Video interviews for North Carolina semifinalists

Mid January

Finalist notification to students attending North Carolina High Schools

January–February 2025

Finalist and Alumni Connection Experience

March 2025

Morehead-Cain Discovery Weekend

April 2025

Deadline for recipients to accept the Morehead-Cain Scholarship