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There are several notable Scholarships of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Morehead-Cain Scholars Program

The Morehead-Cain Scholars Program (originally the Morehead Scholarship) is a full four-year scholarship modeled after the Rhodes Scholarship. It is named for its benefactors, John Motley Morehead III and the Gordon and Mary Cain Foundation. The scholarship covers tuition, books, room and board, and a laptop computer. Additionally, each summer, scholars participate in a summer enrichment program. Each summer has a different theme:

  • Before freshman Year: Outdoor Leadership. Scholars participate in NOLS and Outward Bound courses throughout the country. Morehead-Cain Scholars are given an opportunity to push themselves physically and mentally through a number of grueling challenges.
  • Before Sophomore Year: Public Service. This summer students travel the world performing public service in a variety of settings. Projects range from teaching fellowships in New York Citymarker to pre-natal care in Rwandamarker.
  • Before Junior Year: Travel Study. This summer is an opportunity for scholars to design a research topic and travel the world exploring for answers. Projects have included investigation of modern transportation in communist nations to exploration of traditional medicine in South America.
  • Before Senior Year: Enterprise. During this final year scholars are encouraged to work in a professional capacity. Projects have ranged from policy work with the World Health Organization to Investment Banking and Industry Research with Goldman Sachs.

The selection process for the Morehead-Cain is very rigorous. High School Seniors from across the United States, Great Britain, and Canada are all eligible for the scholarship. In North Carolina, the administration at each high school, submits three of their top students for consideration; the rest of the applicants come from select high schools around the country, and in Great Britain and Canada. After all of the applications are submitted, they are reviewed by a panel of judges and the applicant pool is reduced by half; these applicants are then interviewed for the next cut, which is finals weekend in Chapel Hill. From the three nations, only 150 applicants make it to finals weekend. After three days of interviews, banquets, and dinners, finals weekend is over and only 60 applicants remain as the newest class of Morehead-Cain Scholars.

Notable alumni include author Taylor Branch; U.S. Congressmen Jim Cooper and Mike McIntyre; Roy A. Cooper, Attorney General of North Carolina; Major League Baseball player Tyrell Godwin; historian Donald K. Gowan II; David Gardner, co-founder of the Motley Fool; and Clive Stafford Smith, the human rights lawyer.

Robertson Scholars Program

The Robertson Scholars Programmarker is a full-ride merit scholarship and leadership development program at Duke Universitymarker and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hillmarker that covers all college costs (tuition, fees, room and board, laptop, etc.). It also provides full funding for three summers of global travel, research, and internships, and gives recipients a unique “dual citizenship” where they are full students at both Duke and UNC-Chapel Hill.

Carolina Covenant

In 2003, Chancellor James Moeser announced the Carolina Covenant, which provides a debt free education to low-income students who are academically qualified to attend the university. The program was the second in the nation (following Princetonmarker) and the first of its kind at a public university. Around 80 other universities have since followed suit.


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