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Senior Wins Morehead-Cain Full Scholarship to UNC

Maya GroffShady Side Academy senior Maya Groff is the first SSA student to win the prestigious Morehead-Cain Scholarship, a four-year, fully funded educational experience for students of the highest caliber at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Groff is one of 70 members of the Morehead-Cain Class of 2024. She was nominated for the scholarship by SSA.

The Morehead-Cain Scholarship covers all expenses for four years of undergraduate study at UNC–Chapel Hill. It also features a distinctive program of summer enrichment experiences designed to stretch students beyond their comfort zones. Scholars learn and grow throughout their four summers. They have opportunities to complete an outdoor leadership course, work in teams on problems facing cities throughout North America, work with organizations around the globe, and gain professional experience that helps launch their careers. The Summer Enrichment Program is complemented by the Morehead-Cain Discovery Fund. Scholars are encouraged, and receive financial support, to deeply explore their interests, whether those involve studying under celebrated artists, attending leadership retreats, or obtaining wilderness first responder certification.

As set out in the program's founding documents, selection criteria for the Morehead-Cain are leadership, moral force of character, academic achievement, and physical vigor. Morehead-Cain recipients are chosen solely on the basis of merit and accomplishment. Learn more at

Groff is president of the teen leadership board for The Friendship Circle of Pittsburgh, an organization that connects children and youth of varying physical and mental abilities, and is the founder of SSA's Friendship Circle Club. She also serves as a Peer to Peer Leader at the Senior School, where she provides support for freshmen in their transition to high school, and is a member of the leadership council for LEAD@SSA, a leadership and inclusion training program. She was recently inducted into SSA Chapter of the Cum Laude Society, an academic honor society, and last summer she did scientific research in the Ophthalmic Biomaterials Laboratory at the University of Pittsburgh.

At UNC, Groff is interested in studying chemistry and creative writing.

Congratulations, Maya!

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