Taya Joseph, an Albemarle High School senior, is the recipient of the Morehead-Cain Scholarship from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The Morehead-Cain Scholarship (originally the Morehead Scholarship) was the first merit scholarship program
established in the United States, founded at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the first public university in the United States. It is named for its benefactors, John Motley Morehead III and the Gordon and Mary Cain Foundation. Modeled after the Rhodes Scholarship, the Morehead-Cain provides a full four-year scholarship covering tuition, books, room and board, a laptop computer, and four summer experiences known as the Morehead-Cain’s Summer Enrichment Program. 

The Morehead-Cain Scholarship is a very prestigious scholarship that affords students opportunities to travel, make professional connections, and obtain a comprehensive education. Only top students are nominated, and only three percent of the 2017 nominees were selected for this award.

Albemarle High School has had several past winners of the Morehead-Cain Scholarship.

Senior Mason McGowen was accepted into the University of South Carolina, also receiving the 2017 Capstone Scholarship!  The Capstone Scholars Program was created in 2005 to compliment the SC Honors College and enhance the overall quality of the freshmen class. 

Roughly 500 students are accepted into this program (each year) from 28 states.  The mean test scores and GPA for accepted students is:
          • SAT: 1324
          • ACT: 29.8
          • GPA: 3.5  
Students who are accepted into this  program are able to build lifelong experiences and friendship, preparing them to fulfill the Capstone Motto: 
Dream Big! Impact the Community. Leave a Legacy.