There’s a new scholarship in town. It’s prestigious, but not snobby. It’s selective, but not inaccessible. It’s renowned, but not vain.
It’s called the Lesshead Scholarship.
Like other UNC scholarships, students can apply for the Lesshead before entering their first year. Unlike other UNC scholarships, there’s only one requirement to qualify for the Lesshead — you have to be completely normal.
If you’ve founded a billion-dollar charity, saved a starving village across the globe, won first place in a national spelling bee or solo traveled across Europe and learned 10 languages — you don’t qualify. If you struggled to find more than two extracurriculars in high school and you regularly eat, sleep, pee and poop — welcome to the club!
Where did this remarkable new scholarship come from, you might be wondering? Well, you’ll be surprised to find out that this scholarship isn’t new at all, but is nearly a century old.
The Lesshead-Plain Foundation was formed in 1944, one year before the Morehead-Cain. Lenny Lesshead I and Liam Plain created their foundation with five two-dollar bills and a mission to help average UNC students feel successful and appreciated.
The scholarship was on the last step of its approval process and already had hundreds of potential applicants when along came its rival, its foil and the only thing that had the power to destroy it: the Morehead-Cain Foundation.
Founded by John Motley Morehead III and paired with the construction of a one-of-a-kind planetarium, the Morehead was an immediate success. Within days, the Lesshead was completely overshadowed and nearly forgotten — its approval form neglected in the bottom drawer of the Chancellor’s desk for the last 80 years.
Luckily, my Daily Tar Heel press pass can get me into all kinds of sneaky places, and I managed to rescue the original Lesshead paperwork from that same dusty drawer in Kevin Guskiewicz’s building. (Okay fine, I wasn’t actually allowed to be in his office —please don’t tell my editor).