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Northwest senior becomes finalist for Morehead-Cain

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Scholarship. This word is one which every high school student has heard on nearly constant repeat for the past four years. Ranging from a few hundred dollars all the way up to illustrious full rides, scholarships are undoubtedly one of the most important ways for someone to fund a college education. Essentially being free money, nearly every future college graduate attempts to utilize them in order to graduate with less debt than relying solely on student loans would provide.

One such scholarship is the Morehead-Cain Scholarship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. This scholarship provides full funding for 60-70 students’ education, including tuition, room and board, books, and a new computer. Due to how many benefits it provides, it is extremely selective and requires utmost academic excellence. One student at Northwest who knows just how much work it takes to become a finalist is Capri D’Souza.

“I’ve definitely had to put a lot of work into different parts of school,” D’Souza said. “I’ve had to keep my grades up and make sure that I’m taking the right classes, I’ve also been volunteering and putting a lot of emphasis on other things… such as physical vigor and community service.”

As opposed to being exclusively based on academics, the scholarship makes sure its winners are multifaceted, displaying prowess in many aspects of life. This well-rounded approach makes sure that students of all walks of life can have a chance to become Morehead-Cain Scholars.

“The Morehead-Cain isn’t just a scholarship that looks at my resumé,” D’Souza said. “I’ve had to do an interview where I talk to a panel of three people, and an interview where I’ve had to interact with a group of other semifinalists.”

The Morehead also requires participants to go through a unique interview process where they try to make applicants comfortable in order to see the person that they really are.

“They just want you to be comfortable in their interviews,” D’Souza said. “It was a very comfortable interview process, and everyone is so nice that it feels like you’re already a part of the scholarship program, and part of a family.”

Keeping one’s nerves in check is a challenge which anyone who wishes to apply for the Morehead may have to go through.

“I’ve definitely had to practice being able to speak in front of a lot of different people, making sure to convey who I am, even when I’m nervous or in front of people I’m not familiar with,” D’Souza said.

Scholarships such as the Morehead-Cain can be life-changing experiences for students of all backgrounds.

“I think you should just follow your passions in high school,” D’Souza said. “They’d rather see you passionate about something than doing something just for the sake of getting the scholarship.”

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