Morehead Scholarship Programs

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Morehead Planetarium and Science Center is committed to equity of access to its programs and has established scholarship programs to assist eligible schools with admission and other field trip costs.

The Jupiter Ball Scholarship Program

Jupiter Ball Scholarships are made possible by the generous support of Accenture; GlaxoSmithKline; UNC Health Care; DWM Advisors; Joan H. Gillings; Lenovo; AKOS & John Reynolds, M.D.; Claude & Sarah Snow; the UNC-Chapel Hill Office of Advancement; Net App; Florence & Jim Peacock; Bruce Carney & Ruth Ann Humphry; Al & Marybeth Childers; Sandra Henson; John & Debra Ratliff and everyone who purchases tickets to The Jupiter Ball.
Using proceeds from Morehead's annual fundraiser, The Jupiter Ball Scholarship Program will provide field trip scholarships to schools that meet certain deadlines and criteria.

Scholarships covering the cost of admission and a transportation stipend ($150 for every 40 students) will be awarded to schools that are in the 76th percentile and above for free and reduced lunches.

Morehead uses data from the N.C. Department of Public Instruction to make determinations regarding free and reduced lunches. Please see the following listings of Public Schools (excel) and Charter Schools (excel) to learn your school's percentage of free and reduced lunches (look at column titled "Needy %" in the spreadsheet) to see if your school is eligible for a scholarship.

Deadlines for 2015:
Nov. 15, 2014 to apply for a field trip in January, February or May 2015. Scholarship awards are made on a rolling basis so it is to your advantage to apply earlier.

Area-specific Scholarship Programs

In addition, several Morehead donors have established scholarships that benefit specific schools and school districts. Please refer to the list on the sidebar to see if your school is within any of these areas and eligible for an area-specific scholarship. Then follow the application instructions on the specific scholarship page.

For more information about applying for or supporting Morehead's Scholarship Programs, contact the Scholarship Hotline at (919) 843-3574.

Apply Online Now

Follow this link to complete the online application form for all scholarships.

Area-specific Scholarships

Some donors have made gifts with the stipulation that they be used for the following areas: