The Morehead is a four-year full-funded University of North Carolina scholarship. It was modeled after the Rhodes Scholarship and is meant to grant it’s scholars known as “Moreheads” access to limitless academic and professional opportunities through a summer enrichment program.
Here are the main benefits of Morehead Scholarship: free tuition in the University of North Carolina for four years; an annual stipend that covers other expenses including fees, housing, supplies, meals, books, travel, etc.; laptop computers for freshmen students; four year Summer Enrichment Program, starting with the summer of pre-freshman year. Total monetary value the Morehead Scholarship is approximately $140,000 for out-of-state students and around $80,000 for in-state residents.
Another benefit of the Morehead Scholarship is that every Morehead scholar is assigned an individual staff mentor who is available for consultation on any topic. Besides that, the Morehead alumni network is huge and is readily accessible to each scholar, thus providing a very strong support network of mentors, contacts and friends
The Morehead Scholarship was founded in 1951 by John Motley Morehead, who graduated from Chapel Hill in 1891 and is a very well-known successful businessman, chemist and engineer and these days it is one of the oldest and most honorable merit based scholarships in US.
One of the major benefits of the Morehead Scholarship is that each successful applicant every summer gets an opportunity to participate in a summer enrichment program, which is customized to meet specific tastes and desires or every single scholar. In the freshman year scholars participate in outdoor leadership programs. In the sophomore year they need to participate in public service programs. In junior year they need to take part in travel study programs, so they can enrich their studies, educate themselves about the world or to complete an honors thesis. In senior year they have to take part in enterprise experience for eight to twelve weeks through internships with companies like Goldman Sachs in London or National Geographic.
The four major application criteria include leadership abilities, scholastic abilities and extracurricular achievements, moral force of character, participation in various sports and outdoor activities.