Emily Ann Schmidt of Greeville has been selected as a Morehead-Cain Scholar at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Emily, a senior at J.H. Rose High School, is among 70 scholars selected for the Class of 2024.
The daughter of Kevin and Susan Schmidt, Emily is the co-creator and student leader for Project Elf, a citywide program designed to support children in foster care during the holidays. She also co-founded the Eastern Elementary Journalism Program, partnering with a local elementary school to create a student-run newspaper program.
In addition, Emily mentors middle school girls at her church, captains her varsity soccer team and works as an assistant coach for a youth soccer league.
The Morehead-Cain Scholarship covers all expenses for four years of undergraduate study at UNC–Chapel Hill and features summer enrichment programs.
Selection criteria for the Morehead-Cain are leadership, moral force of character, academic achievement and physical vigor.
The Class of 2024 includes 37 students from North Carolina, along with students from 15 states and and four foreign countries.
Since 2000, 14 Morehead-Cain Scholars have won Rhodes Scholarships to England’s Oxford University, one of the world’s most competitive and prestigious awards for graduate study. Since the first Morehead Scholars graduated from Carolina in 1957, 31 of UNC-Chapel Hill’s 34 Rhodes Scholars have been Morehead-Cain Scholars.