Morehead-Cain Scholarship

Congratulations to second year student Meagan Harrington, previously at Heath End School, on being awarded a Morehead-Cain scholarship to study at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill majoring in Anthropology and minoring in Geography. Meagan was the recipient of the Alton College Foundation Nicholas Branch Scholarship for Excellence in Humanities last year for Geography which allowed her to do research for her EPQ and to attend taster sessions at various universities which helped inform her Higher Education choices and to further explore oppoortunities open to her, including the possibility of this scholarship.

The purpose of the Morehead-Cain Foundation is to identify and invest in promising leaders, challenging them to have a profound impact on the people and pursuits that define their lives. Meagan will travel to the United States in July to participate in summer orientation activities including kayaking in the Lakes in Canada before starting her studies in mid-August. Meagan said she is really excited to be studying abroad stating “being given the chance to study in the States is amazing, the broader education system is really exciting as it means I don’t need to specialise so early and I can take up new subjects that I have always been interested in, but haven’t previously had the opportunity to study.” Meagan’s course will last four years and she has the chance to pick different modules each semester without having to specialise until the end of the second year.

Competition for the scholarships is intense with 2000 global applicants for just 70 places. This year, only 4 students from the UK were awarded scholarships including Meagan. The application process includes standardised testing, two short answer questions and a personal statement followed by attendance at a selection panel in the US. After successful completion of this process, Meagan has received an unconditional offer to study at UNC Chapel Hill with all expenses paid scholarship meaning she will be in a very lucky position of leaving university with no student debt. The scholarship also offers a multitude of additional opportunities including internships, research trips abroad, summer activities and the benefits of an alumni scheme where scholars are given the chance to shadow previous scholars in their professions.

Meagan said “I am delighted to have been awarded this scholarship and grateful to my teachers at Alton College for all the help and support they gave me through the application process. I am really excited, but at the moment it doesn’t feel real as it seems ages away but it will come round sooner than I expect and I’ll be off! For now I am concentrating on my revision and exams.”

We wish Meagan all the best in her exams and look forward to seeing her progress at university.