Topics: Morehead-Cain Scholarship

The Morehead-Cain Foundation grants four-year scholarships at UNC to select motivated undergraduate students. It was the first merit scholarship program established in the United States and is modeled off the Rhodes Scholarship at Oxford University.

Candidates are chosen based on their moral force of character, scholarship, physical vigor and leadership. Students in this program also receive funding for four summers to engage in outdoor leadership, public service, international research and private enterprise.

The John Motley Morehead Foundation was created in 1945, and the Morehead scholarship program was established six years later. In 2007, the program was renamed the Morehead-Cain foundation after a $100 million donation from the Gordon and Mary Cain Foundation.

Due to budget cuts throughout the years, the Morehead-Cain Foundation was forced to reduce incoming class size, accepting only 48 students in 2011 as opposed to the 64 it accepted in 2010. But 51 scholars were welcomed into the Class of 2016 group.

Four new Morehead-Cain Scholars reflect on accomplishments

The Morehead Cain Scholarship, the oldest merit based scholarship in the US, provides opportunities for its scholars including financial assistance as well as a close-knit community of competitive peers.

Andrew Crabtree led a life full of character


Andrew Crabtree, a UNC sophomore, died Saturday after a two-and-a-half-year battle with synovial sarcoma, a rare form of cancer. He was 19.

UNC junior Laura Rozo dies after battle with cancer


Laura Rozo, a UNC junior and Morehead-Cain Scholar, died Thursday afternoon after a long battle with cancer. She was 20.

McCrory proposes tuition increases for out-of-staters

Georgia native Audrey Horne is afraid that she might never again walk into the dusty geology building or cheer among a sea of fervid Carolina blue fans at the Smith Center after this year.

Morehead-Cain Foundation cuts back on class size due to economic climate


Facing increased tuition and a turbulent economy, the foundation, which gives out tens of thousands of dollars to more than 200 UNC students each year, opted to decrease class size.

Repeal would affect University aid, out-of-state student recruitment

A 2004 law giving out-of-state students on full scholarship in-state status for tuition purposes could be repealed, which would put an extra $7 million burden on UNC.Administrators say that if the legislature rescinds the law, the University could lack the funds to recruit the top quality out-of-state students it has in the past.

Two selected as Rhodes scholars


Seniors Libby Longino and Henry Spelman didn’t exactly hit it off when they met as freshmen in a poetry writing class.

“I didn’t really notice Libby, and she thought I was pretentious,” Spelman said.

Friends said Longino would come home after class and talk about a guy who the rest of the class couldn’t relate to.

Longino, Spelman named 2010 Rhodes Scholars

Two UNC seniors, Libby Longino and Henry Spelman, were named 2010 Rhodes Scholars on Saturday.

The prestigious scholarship will provide full tuition, board and living expenses for the two to study at Oxford University for two or three years.