Morehead-Cain Class of 2022

The Morehead-Cain Foundation—home of the first merit scholarship program in the United States and founded at the first public university in the U.S., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has announced its largest class in its history. This fall, Morehead-Cain will welcome to UNC Chapel Hill 79 new Morehead-Cain Scholars from across North Carolina, the United States, and the world. The class of 2022 includes: 43 scholars from North Carolina; 36 scholars from outside North Carolina, including: 29 scholars from fifteen different states and Washington, DC; 3 scholars from the United Kingdom; 2 scholars from Canada and 1 scholar each from Armenia, Italy, Jamaica, Peru, Swaziland.

The Morehead-Cain Scholarship covers all expenses for four years of undergraduate study at UNC–Chapel Hill. It also features a distinctive program of summer enrichment experiences designed to support students as they learn and grow.

As set out in the program's founding documents, selection criteria for the Morehead-Cain, founded in 1945, are leadership, moral force of character, academic achievement, and physical vigor. Morehead-Cain recipients are chosen solely on the basis of merit and accomplishment.

This year's Indian-American scholars from North Carolina and Georgia include:
• Krupa Sanjiv Patel is from Harrisburg and is the daughter of Sanjiv and Deena Patel.
• Vibhu Kishan Ambil from Charlotte and is the son of Kishan Rangarajan and Hema Kishan.
• Jaya Rani Mishra from Winston-Salem and is the daughter of Girish and Shubha Mishra.
• Praveena Somasundaram is from Oak ridge and is the daughter of Somasundaram Palani and Vijayalakshmi Govindan.
• Sita Marie Tayal is from Charlotte and is the daughter of Vivek and Mary Tayal.
• Sanya Shah is from Wilmington and is the daughter of Satish and Ash Shah.
• Sonam Jyoti Shah is from Cary and the daughter of Sanjay and Jyoti Shah.
• Nisarg Hetal Shah is from Alpharetta, GA and the son of Hetal and Hiral Shah.

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