CHAPEL HILL — Twelve Triangle-area high school students are among the winners of Morehead-Cain Scholarships at UNC-Chapel Hill.
The prestigious scholarship pays all expenses for four years of undergraduate study, including the cost of a laptop computer and four summer enrichment experiences. Its value is about $80,000 for each in-state student and $140,000 for each out-of-state student.
This year, the Morehead-Cain Foundation awarded 70 scholarships, including 61 from the United States, three from Great Britain, three from Canada, and one each from Austria, Hong Kong, and Turkey. Thirty-three scholarships went to students from North Carolina. The winners were announced Thursday.
More than 1,600 high school seniors were nominated by their high schools or applied for the scholarship.
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Selection criteria are leadership, academic achievement, moral force of character and physical vigor. Recipients are chosen by merit and accomplishments, not financial need. Winners have until April 13 to accept the scholarship.
The Morehead Scholarship and Morehead Foundation were renamed in February 2007 after the foundation received a $100 million grant from the Gordon and Mary Cain Foundation of Houston.
Triangle area winners were:
- Oswaldo Antonio Contreras of Jordan-Matthews High School, son of Jose Oswaldo Contreras Moreno and Delmi Contreras of Siler City.
- Sarah Katherine Johnson of Jordan-Matthews High School, daughter of Raymond and Donna Johnson of Siler City.
- Margaret Elizabeth Anderson of Durham Academy Upper School, daughter of Mark and Mary Eileen Anderson of Durham.
- Nina Sophia Bryce of the N.C. School of Science and Mathematics, daughter of Scott and Sarah Bryce of Durham.
- Marissa Rachael Gluck of the N.C. School of Science and Mathematics in Durham, daughter of Honi Gluck of Fayetteville and Marion Brisk of Hillsborough.
- Sunny Chang Huang of the N.C. School of Science and Mathematics in Durham, son of Shihlung Huang and Chiujung Chang of Fayetteville.
- Parris Matthew Smallwood of the N.C. School of Science and Mathematics, son of David and Darla Smallwood of Durham.
- Marissa Rachael Gluck of N.C. School of Science and Mathematics in Durham, daughter of Honi Gluck of Fayetteville and Marion Brisk of Hillsborough.
- Christine Helen Diepenbrock of Raleigh Charter High School, daughter of Joseph and Jane Diepenbrock of Raleigh.
- Lauren Paige Jamiolkowski of Cary Academy, daughter of Michael and Janet Jamiolkowski of Cary.
- Julia Victoria Ramos of Fuquay-Varina Senior High School, daughter of Alfred and Tara Ramos of Fuquay-Varina.
- Patrick Joseph Short of Sanderson High School, son of John and Denice Short of Raleigh.