Who Can Apply?

Sophomores are nominated by Morehead-Cain’s network of campus partners, including professors, department heads, and teaching assistants, as well as staff of scholarship, service, extracurricular, and cultural programs.

Morehead-Cain invites nominees to apply in mid September. Transfer students are eligible and can be nominated by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

How Are Students Selected?

Sophomores participate in a similar selection process to high school students, but with a greater focus on how they have demonstrated character and leadership since joining the Carolina community.

All applicants submit a written application, and finalists are assessed by the Morehead-Cain Central Selection Committee at Final Selection Experience in the fall semester.

Outstanding candidates:

  • Aspire to author a unique college experience that makes the most of resources at Carolina and beyond;
  • Invest themselves in the community within and beyond the Carolina campus;
  • Demonstrate curiosity in their intellectual and classroom pursuits; and
  • Challenge themselves to learn and grow, recognizing that growth comes through discomfort.

What Does The Program Entail?

All sophomore enrollees will be Morehead-Cain Scholars with access to the same opportunities as current scholars.

Scholars can participate in all four Summer Enrichment Program experiences, receive support from a team of advisors, apply for grants through the Lovelace Fund for Discovery, and engage with Morehead-Cain’s vast alumni network.

The Foundation also provides a living stipend from the Foundation each semester.