Among the benefits of the scholarship, Branch will be able to participate in Summer Enrichment programs.

WILMINGTON -- Tershona Branch, a senior at Cape Fear Academy, has been awarded the Morehead-Cain Scholarship to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After a lengthy application and interview process, she is extremely happy about the news.

“UNC has always been on my mind,” said Branch. “Once I visited and learned of the scholarship opportunity I knew it was something I wanted to pursue.”

Among the college scholarship benefits of the award, Branch will also have the opportunity to participate in Summer Enrichment programs, which are designed to help the Morehead-Cain Scholars learn more about the world and how every person can make a difference.

The scholarship is very competitive and the selection process is very tough. It is a very high achievement to receive this award, and she is grateful and excited for all the opportunities that the scholarship provides.

“My school nominated me in the fall,” said Branch. “From there is was interview after interview until I was a finalist, and then it felt very real.”

Branch is an extremely active high schooler. She is the student-body president at CFA, a thrower for the track and field team, a member of the National Honors Society, and much more. She loves being active at school and being involved with the community.

“I try to be involved in as much as I can,” said Branch. “It’s about finding something you're passionate about in the moment and doing it.”

Branch wants to pursue a career in medicine. She has always loved science and math classes, and believes medicine will be a great way to use her skills and fulfill her interests. She is confident that UNC will prepare her for all of her future endeavors and is excited to start college in the fall.

“My biggest motivation is my peers,” she said. “I want to show my classmates and friends that you can do anything you want and to pursue what you’re interested in. I want to be someone that people look up to.”

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