Become a Nominating School or Partner

Over almost eight decades, Morehead-Cain has built a strong legacy of attracting emerging young leaders of exceptional talent with diverse interests throughout the state of North Carolina, the nation, and the world.

Students outside of North Carolina must attend a nominating school or participate in an affiliate program to be considered for the Morehead-Cain. All of our partnering organizations are eligible to nominate students each year who demonstrate our selection criteria.

The recruitment and selections team accepts applications to become a nominating school or program on a case-by-case basis.

See Our Current List of Nominating Schools

What is an affiliate program? 

Affiliate programs serve students from high schools throughout the country and the world through semester, gap, or summer-long leadership opportunities.

We look for programs that:

  • Are highly selective in identifying participants who demonstrate strong leadership, character, and scholarship.
  • Support students who attend (or have attended) some of our nominating schools.
  • Produce tangible outcomes to further develop a student’s leadership skills and character traits.


Application to become a nominating partner

The application to become a Morehead-Cain nominating school or nominating affiliate program for the 2025–2026 selection cycle is open through December 2, 2024.


If you’d like to recommend a potential nominating partner, please feel free to email us at any time.

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