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Hoggard Student Awarded the Prestigious Morehead-Cain Scholarship
at UNC-Chapel Hill

Sanya ShahNew Hanover County Schools congratulates Sanya Shah, a senior from Hoggard High School, for being awarded the prestigious Morehead-Cain Scholarship to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The Morehead-Cain is a four-year merit scholarship which includes full tuition, student fees, housing, meals, books, a laptop, miscellaneous supplies, and Discovery Funds to be used for education opportunities.

Ms. Shah currently serves as the Hoggard Student Council vice president, a role that involves coordinating local events and serving as a liaison between students and faculty. She is also a volunteer and fundraiser for Homes of Hope, an organization that has rescued and educated nearly 2,000 girls who have been orphaned, abandoned, or involved in human trafficking in India. In addition to her community service, Sanya is an award-winning singer and is highly ranked in the South Korean martial art Soo Bahk Do. While at Carolina, she plans to study Finance and Psychology. She is the daughter of Satish and Ash Shah of Wilmington.

This fall, Morehead-Cain will welcome 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
    • 1 scholar each from Armenia, Italy, Jamaica, Peru, Swaziland

About the Morehead-Cain Scholarship
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. During the course of four summers, scholars will have opportunities to complete an outdoor leadership course, commit themselves to public service in the U.S. or abroad, conduct research at sites around the world, and gain experience in private enterprise.

The Summer Enrichment Program is complemented by the Morehead-Cain Discovery Fund. Scholars are encouraged, and receive financial support, to more deeply explore their interests, whether those involve studying under celebrated artists, attending leadership retreats, or obtaining wilderness first responder certification. From researching food and agriculture industries in Iceland to examining the impact of innovation and entrepreneurship in post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans, Morehead-Cain Scholars have the resources to pursue educational opportunities wherever they may find them.

As set out in the program’s founding documents, selection criteria for the Morehead-Cain are leadership, moral force of character, academic achievement, and physical vigor. Morehead-Cain recipients are chosen solely on the basis of merit and accomplishment. For more information on these scholarships, please visit

Posted: 05/10/18