July 25, 2013

For the second straight year, a Culver Academies graduate has received the prestigious Morehead-Cain Scholarship from the University of North Carolina. Caleb Jadrich ’13 (Brownsburg, Ind.) will join Jack Mitzell ’12 (Westfield, Ind.) at Chapel Hill this fall. He is the 47th Culver graduate to receive the scholarship.

Caleb Jadrich '13

Caleb Jadrich ’13

Jadrich received the YMCA Cup at graduation, which is presented to the cadet who, in the opinion of the faculty and staff, best exemplifies the ideals of Culver. He is a member of the Cum Laude Society, was the captain of the football team as an offensive tackle, played on the state champion Varsity A hockey team, and, as a junior, was chosen as most valuable player on the Varsity lacrosse team.

He was selected to football, hockey, and rugby Academic All-State teams during his senior year.  Playing rugby for the first time, Jadrich helped the Varsity A team return to the semi-state championship game.

He is also a research chemist, conducting electrochemical tests for fuel cell catalysts. He served as Operations Officer in the Corps of Cadets. He is one of 48 new Morehead-Cain Scholars from around the world. The Class of 2017 includes 23 scholars from North Carolina and 25 from outside the state.

Since its founding in 1945, the Morehead-Cain has been a model for countless merit scholarships throughout the United States. The scholarship covers all expenses for four years of undergraduate study at UNC, and features a distinctive program of summer enrichment experiences. Over four summers, scholars have the opportunity to complete an outdoor leadership course, carry out public service in the United States or abroad, conduct research at sites across the world, and gain experience in private enterprise.

The summer enrichment program, designed to broaden each scholar’s experience and worldview, is complemented during the academic year by a Discovery Fund that encourages deeper exploration of a particular interest. From attending development conferences in Geneva to shadowing emergency room doctors in Boston, Morehead-Cain Scholars are given the resources to pursue educational opportunities wherever they find them.

As set out in the program’s founding documents, selection criteria for the Morehead-Cain are leadership, academic achievement, moral force of character, and physical vigor. Morehead-Cain recipients are chosen solely on the basis of merit and accomplishment, not financial need.

In the past 10 years, 13 Morehead-Cain Scholars have won Rhodes Scholarships to England’s Oxford University. Since the first Morehead Scholars graduated from Carolina in 1957, 30 of UNC’s 33 Rhodes Scholars have been Morehead-Cain graduates.

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