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Salem Academy Student Receives Prestigious Morehead-Cain Scholarship

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Mary Beth Browne, a senior boarding student at Salem Academy, has been named a Morehead-Cain Scholar at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, beginning with the 2015-16 academic year.

The highly competitive award covers full tuition, board, student fees, and miscellaneous expenses over four years of study. It also provides Discovery Funds to be used for educational opportunities. With its emphasis in leadership, public service, inquiry and exploration, and private enterprise, Morehead-Cain also offers recipients a four-year summer enrichment program that begins the summer before freshman year.

The Morehead-Cain scholarship was established in 1951. It is the first merit-based scholarship to be offered in the United States. Over the years, more than 3,000 students have attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as Morehead-Cain scholars, including twelve past graduates of Salem Academy.

“We are incredibly proud of Mary Beth and her many accomplishments,” says Head of School Karl Sjolund. “We are also grateful to the Morehead-Cain staff in Chapel Hill, who we know met with many talented applicants and made an excellent decision in extending an offer to Mary Beth.”

Mary Beth Browne is the daughter of Charles and Lu Ann Browne of Mount Airy, NC. Browne enrolled at the all-girls academy in 2011 and received Salem Academy’s Sisters Merit Scholarship, which provides full tuition and room and board for four years. She serves as the president of the National Honor Society, co-president of Model United Nations, and president of Drama Club, and she holds leadership positions in Key Club, Ecology Club, and Mu Alpha Theta, the national mathematics honor society.

Browne has performed in theatre productions during each of her years at the Academy and is a member of the International Thespian Society. As an athlete, she has participated in track, cross country, and swimming. She serves on the Academy’s student-led honor cabinet, and has volunteered as an orientation committee member and as a dormitory prefect. 

“Salem has been the best experience of my life, and coming here was the best decision I ever made,” says Browne. “I believe that Salem Academy has prepared me for absolutely anything that life could throw at me, especially college.”

In addition to receiving the Morehead-Cain scholarship, Browne was named as a finalist for the Park Scholarship at North Carolina State University and was also accepted to the United States Naval Academy. She plans to study chemical engineering.

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