CHAPEL HILL — A Robeson County student is among those chosen to receive the Morehead-Cain Scholarship, the most prestigious awarded to attend the University of North Carolina.
The local recipient is Taner Kylan Jacobs, who will graduate this spring from Lumberton Senior High School. He will be one 66 Morehead-Cain Scholars chosen from across North Carolina, the United States and the world .
The Morehead-Cain Scholarship covers all expenses for four years of undergraduate study at UNC. It also features a 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.
While at Lumberton High School, Jacobs co-founded Treasured Gems, a club dedicated to involving disabled students in school events and activities. He also is a member of the Native American Student Association and has represented his chapter at conferences and programs. Jacobs is senior class president and a member of the school spirit team the Maroon Typhoon.
Jacobs, the son of Aubrey and Anita Jacobs of Lumberton, is interested in studying biology and business.
The Morehead-Cain Foundation is the home of the first merit scholarship program in the U.S. and was founded at the first public university in the country. Established in 1945, it has been a model for merit awards throughout the United States. These include the University of Virginia’s Jefferson Scholars Program, Duke University’s Benjamin N. Duke Scholars Program and Emory University’s Woodruff Scholars Program.