Sarina Horner Named Morehead-Cain Scholar at UNC-Chapel Hill

Senior Sarina Horner has been named to the Morehead-Cain Class of 2026 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The Morehead-Cain is the oldest merit scholarship in the United States and is among the most prestigious.

The Morehead-Cain is awarded to “leaders with an ability to influence, energize, and inspire others to make an impact.” In addition to superior academic achievement, Morehead-Cain scholars are required to show humility, integrity, courage, perseverance, a love of learning, and the ability to share their knowledge and inspiration with others (Source:

The scholarship includes four years of tuition and expenses at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, plus four summers of enrichment programs and the potential to receive grants for projects scholars are interested in pursuing. The Morehead-Cain also offers a fully funded Gap Year experience for students who desire to take a year off before attending UNC-Chapel Hill. 

Director of College Counseling Katie Brewer describes Sarina as a “student, leader, mentor, researcher, grant-writer, humanitarian, surfer, skater, and change-maker. She is all of this and more,” she said. “Sarina is a problem solver who always seeks more - not only in her academic subjects but in her desire to expand, to grow, to learn all that she can to inform real-world applications. She will challenge you, and she will encourage you. She will listen to understand, and she will research to support. Then she will act. A thinker and a do-er, Sarina is a natural designer. The Morehead-Cain Scholarship is a most-deserved recognition of all that she is and all of the more she will be.”

Congratulations to Sarina on this well-deserved honor!
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