Galvin ’17 and Muhammad ’17 awarded merit scholarships

News  /  by Stephanie Yoon '19  /  March 31, 2017

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During this year’s spring break, Emily Galvin ’17 received the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Morehead-Cain Scholarship. The Morehead-Cain is a four-year merit scholarship that provides full tuition, student fees, housing, meals, books, and a laptop, as well as four summer experiences in fields like outdoor leadership, public service, inquiry and exploration, and private enterprise.

Since Lawrenceville can only nominate one student for the Morehead-Cain, faculty nominated a select number of V Form students who were asked to apply. Galvin said, “I didn’t exactly pursue the scholarship; it kind of pursued me.” After a series of automated interviews on a computer, Galvin was notified in December that she was a finalist. This March, during the beginning of spring break, Galvin visited UNC Chapel Hill for the finalist weekend. On March 10, she was awarded the Morehead-Cain Scholarship.

The Morehead-Cain has four main criteria: scholarship, leadership, character, and physical vigor. Galvin said that “all of Lawrenceville’s opportunities, the campus culture as a whole, shaped [her] to fit these tenets.” Galvin considered scholarship as self-explanatory because “Lawrenceville is very academically rigorous and I’ve enjoyed a lot of my classes which has made it so much easier to form good relationships with my teachers.” As for leadership, Galvin commented that “leadership was really just a product of being interested in and passionate about the things I do here.” Although Lawrenceville requires sports, Galvin had an interesting qualification for this criteria with her participation in farming at Lawrenceville. Another unique interest of Galvin is her combined passion for religion and philosophy and environmental sciences. Despite these two subjects being appearing disparate, Galvin said, “the way I combine them in my head makes a lot of sense to me, and I know with the freedom of the program, I would have a lot of ways to explore those intersections.” Furthermore, as it’s easy to double-major in UNC, Galvin believes that the scholarship would allow her to “explore [these two subjects] more in-depth because there are definitely things that benefit from supplementary knowledge and human experience.”

While Galvin is unsure of what she wants to pursue with her scholarship, she said, “it’s going to be something that hopefully takes a lot of exploration, which the Morehead-Cain would help and support me through the way.”