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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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July 22, 2024

Gowri Abhinanda ’26 on advocating for gun violence prevention policy

Gowri Abhinanda ’26 has sought to amplify youth voices on gun violence prevention since eighth…

  • News
A baby bison rests their head on their mother’s body.
July 19, 2024

Documentary produced by Anna Connors ’24, Aayas Joshi ’26 tracks last remaining wild herd of American bison in Yellowstone

An independent documentary by Anna Connors ’24 and Aayas Joshi ’26 tells the history of…

  • Alumni Stories
A scholar wearing a t-shirt and rolled up pants wraps her arms around an elephant in the river with trees surrounding them.
July 16, 2024

Advocating for elephant welfare in Sri Lanka

For her Global Perspective summer, Maya DeCoux ’26 is volunteering with the Elephant Care Relief…

  • News

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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