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Give Together Scholarship Challenge

The Give Together Scholarship Challenge aims to raise an additional $10 million to support the Morehead-Cain Scholarship, the nation's first merit scholarship program.

The Give Together Scholarship Challenge aims to raise an additional $10 million to support the Morehead-Cain Scholarship, the nation's first merit scholarship program.

New challenge will provide $20 million for Morehead-Cain Scholars.

An anonymous donor set a $10 million challenge to grow and strengthen the Morehead-Cain Scholarship, one of the preeminent merit scholarship programs worldwide. If met, the Give Together Scholarship Challenge will be the largest single monetary gift ever made to the program by one of its alumni. A total of $20 million would enable the endowment to sustain 75 Morehead-Cain Scholars per class at Carolina.

“Morehead-Cain Scholars and alumni have transformed Carolina and beyond for over 70 years,” said Interim Chancellor Kevin M. Guskiewicz. “This distinguished scholarship program plays an integral role in helping our University shape the next generation of innovative leaders. With this incredible donor’s generosity and the support of the entire Carolina community, we will have a profound impact on so many students’ lives who will benefit each year from this amazing gift.”

The first merit scholarship program established in the United States, the Morehead-Cain Scholarship was founded 75 years ago by Carolina alumnus John Motley Morehead III. It has attracted talented, high-achieving scholars from across the globe to UNC-Chapel Hill since 1945. Selected scholars receive a world-class education at Carolina, global summer enrichment experiences, access to Discovery Fund grants for opportunities beyond the classroom, and the opportunity to grow impactful relationships with a network of more than 3,200 Morehead-Cain alumni.

“My dreams for my time at Carolina keep growing bigger,” said Ashton Martin, class of 2020 student body president and Morehead-Cain Scholar. “My goal is to help make the University a better place, and I’m so thankful for the Foundation’s support during this journey.”

By meeting this challenge by Dec. 31, 2022, the Morehead-Cain Foundation would exceed its $75 million fundraising goal under the University’s historic $4.25 billion fundraising campaign, For All Kind: the Campaign for Carolina.

“The generosity of this gift, and gifts from all Carolina alumni, allow us to invite more bright, young leaders to Carolina than ever before,” said Morehead-Cain Executive Director Chuck Lovelace. “Reaching our fundraising goals ensures that the decades-long relationship between the program and Carolina will continue to thrive and grow for years to come.”

“Carolina is committed to leading for the greater good,” said David Routh, vice chancellor for development. “Gifts such as these allow us to provide more opportunities to more outstanding students. They change the lives of hardworking students and their families.

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