Family and friends surrounded Senior Bobby McQueen as he opened the email that could change the course of his collegiate plans. As he opened it he said, “you could feel the excitement buzzing in the air.” Bobby had just been notified that he was one of only 70 students from around the world to earn the Morehead-Cain Scholarship for the class of 2022.
The Morehead-Cain Scholarship is a program that provides free undergraduate tuition, as well as experience abroad, to undergraduate students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill annually. It provides an elite education at a top public university while also connecting young people with other past scholars throughout the world. The program’s four core values are scholarship, character, leadership and physical vigor.
The process of obtaining this scholarship began months ago with a nomination from The Burlington School. He had to complete an application that described his experiences and challenges within the four core values of the Morehead-Cain Scholarship. After much deliberation, the Morehead-Cain Foundation narrowed down the applicant pool to 20% of applicants- the semifinalists. At that point, he had the opportunity to interview at the Morehead Planetarium. He was placed in a group scenario with five other semifinalists, where they were tasked with working together on a problem. During this process, the semifinalists were being observed and evaluated on their teamwork and presentation skills.
After the group scenario, three Morehead-Cain alumni interviewed McQueen about his application and different life experiences. Based on the third phase, the Foundation narrowed the pool to 6% - the finalists. Those students headed to Chapel Hill for “Finalist Weekend,” March 3-6. McQueen faced numerous six-minute situational interviews and sat through a panel interview. During this time, he had the opportunity to meet other finalists, faculty and staff at UNC.
As a newly minted Morehead-Cain Scholar, Bobby is ecstatic for the future. He stated, “The Morehead-Cain is an opportunity that is nearly unmatched. It provides travel opportunity for research, internships, and just finding myself. I am more than thrilled to be attending not only an incredible university but to be a part of a group of scholars that strive for academic excellence and strong public service - both here in the United States and around the world.”
Bobby is the first Morehead-Cain Scholarship recipient for The Burlington School.