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Scholarship Program

Mayo Boddie meeting a field trip scholarship student

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

Using proceeds from Morehead's annual fundraiser, The Jupiter Ball Scholarship Program provides field trip and outreach scholarships to schools that meet certain deadlines and criteria.

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

For visits from outreach programs, the scholarship will cover the standard travel fee of $180 for a mobile lab visit to a school, and the standard fees associated with an enrichment visit or a mobile planetarium visit. This scholarship will be awarded even if your school falls within 90 miles of Chapel Hill and would not normally be charged a travel fee

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 (PDF) and Charter Schools (PDF) 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

Nov. 15 is the deadline to apply for a field trip that would be taken in the following January, February or May. However, scholarship awards are made on a rolling basis so it is to your advantage to apply earlier. For more information, contact the Scholarship Hotline at 919-843-3574.

Region-specific scholarship programs

Morehead donors have established scholarships that benefit specific schools and school districts. 

Programming

Morehead offers exciting fulldome planetarium showsDiscovery ClassesScience LIVE! demonstrations and exhibits that will capture your students’ imaginations and illustrate key science concepts.

Application

Go to our Field Trips page, and fill out a reservation request form. In the form, choose "yes" when asked if you would like to apply to a scholarship, and answer the questions about your free/reduced lunch percentage, and why you are applying for a scholarship. When our reservations staff reviews your request, they will also evaluate your school for scholarship eligibility and inform you of any award when they reach out with information about your booking.

If you've already filled out a request, please email mpsc_reservations@unc.edu and ask about applying for a scholarship to your school. 

If you are interested in receiving a visit from one of Morehead's Outreach and Engagement programs, please click on the name of your preferred program and follow the instructions to request a visit: enrichment visit, mobile planetarium or mobile labs. Please request an Outreach and Engagement program visit by September of the current school year to receive full consideration. Forms submitted after September will be considered only if spaces remain.

Eligible Counties

Bertie County

The Nickolas Bunn Boddie, Sr. and Lucy Mayo Boddie Foundation Scholarship Program generously provides funds to public and charter schools in Bertie, Edgecombe, Halifax, Hertford, Martin, Nash, Northampton and Warren counties for students to attend programs at Morehead Planetarium and Science Center or to receive a visit from one of Morehead's Outreach and Engagement programs (enrichment visit, mobile labs, mobile planetarium).

For a field trip visit to Morehead, the scholarship will cover each student’s ticket for one planetarium show and a transportation subsidy of $150 per bus to each school.

For visits from Morehead's Outreach and Engagment programs, the scholarship will cover the standard $350 fee for a mobile lab visit to a school, and the standard fees associated with a enrichment visit or a mobile planetarium visit.

Eligibility

Elementary, middle and high school teachers are encouraged to apply for the scholarship.

Appreciation

This scholarship program would not be possible without the generous support of the Nicholas Bunn Boddie Sr. and Lucy Mayo Boddie Foundation. Private gifts such as this make it possible for Morehead Planetarium and Science Center to bring science education to North Carolina children who might not otherwise have this opportunity. To ensure the continuation of this wonderful program, please encourage your students to write thank you letters to the address below:

Mr. Mayo Boddie Boddie 
Noell-Enterprises, Inc. 
P.O. Box 1908 
Rocky Mount, NC 27802-1908 

Duplin County

The William R. Kenan, Jr. Scholarship Program is generously providing funding to public schools in Duplin County for students to attend programs at Morehead Planetarium and Science Center. The program will cover each student’s ticket for one planetarium or science stage show or discovery class, provide each child with a boxed lunch and provide a transportation subsidy of $150 per every 40 students (one bus load) to each school.

Eligibility

Duplin County elementary, middle and high school teachers are eligible to apply for planetarium shows and programs.

Appreciation

This scholarship program would not be possible without the generous support of the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust. Private gifts such as this make it possible for Morehead Planetarium and Science Center to bring science education to North Carolina children who might not otherwise have this opportunity. To ensure the continuation of this wonderful program, please encourage your students to write thank you letters to:

The William R. Kenan Jr. Charitable Trust
Attention: Dr. Richard Krasno
Kenan Center
P.O. Box 3808
Chapel Hill, NC 27515-3808

Edgecombe County

The Nickolas Bunn Boddie, Sr. and Lucy Mayo Boddie Foundation Scholarship Program generously provides funds to public and charter schools in Bertie, Edgecombe, Halifax, Hertford, Martin, Nash, Northampton and Warren counties for students to attend programs at Morehead Planetarium and Science Center or to receive a visit from one of Morehead's Outreach and Engagement programs (enrichment visitmobile labsmobile planetarium).

For a field trip visit to Morehead, the scholarship will cover each student’s ticket for one planetarium show and a transportation subsidy of $150 per bus to each school.

For visits from Morehead's Outreach and Engagment programs, the scholarship will cover the standard $350 fee for a mobile lab visit to a school, and the standard fees associated with a enrichment visit or a mobile planetarium visit.

Eligibility

Elementary, middle and high school teachers are encouraged to apply for the scholarship.

Appreciation

This scholarship program would not be possible without the generous support of the Nicholas Bunn Boddie Sr. and Lucy Mayo Boddie Foundation. Private gifts such as this make it possible for Morehead Planetarium and Science Center to bring science education to North Carolina children who might not otherwise have this opportunity. To ensure the continuation of this wonderful program, please encourage your students to write thank you letters to the address below:

Mr. Mayo Boddie Boddie 
Noell-Enterprises, Inc. 
P.O. Box 1908 
Rocky Mount, NC 27802-1908 

Halifax County

The Nickolas Bunn Boddie, Sr. and Lucy Mayo Boddie Foundation Scholarship Program generously provides funds to public and charter schools in Bertie, Edgecombe, Halifax, Hertford, Martin, Nash, Northampton and Warren counties for students to attend programs at Morehead Planetarium and Science Center or to receive a visit from one of Morehead's Outreach and Engagement programs (enrichment visitmobile labsmobile planetarium).

For a field trip visit to Morehead, the scholarship will cover each student’s ticket for one planetarium show and a transportation subsidy of $150 per bus to each school.

For visits from Morehead's Outreach and Engagment programs, the scholarship will cover the standard $350 fee for a mobile lab visit to a school, and the standard fees associated with a enrichment visit or a mobile planetarium visit.

Eligibility

Elementary, middle and high school teachers are encouraged to apply for the scholarship.

Appreciation

This scholarship program would not be possible without the generous support of the Nicholas Bunn Boddie Sr. and Lucy Mayo Boddie Foundation. Private gifts such as this make it possible for Morehead Planetarium and Science Center to bring science education to North Carolina children who might not otherwise have this opportunity. To ensure the continuation of this wonderful program, please encourage your students to write thank you letters to the address below:

Mr. Mayo Boddie Boddie 
Noell-Enterprises, Inc. 
P.O. Box 1908 
Rocky Mount, NC 27802-1908 

Hertford County

The Nickolas Bunn Boddie, Sr. and Lucy Mayo Boddie Foundation Scholarship Program generously provides funds to public and charter schools in Bertie, Edgecombe, Halifax, Hertford, Martin, Nash, Northampton and Warren counties for students to attend programs at Morehead Planetarium and Science Center or to receive a visit from one of Morehead's Outreach and Engagement programs (enrichment visitmobile labsmobile planetarium).

For a field trip visit to Morehead, the scholarship will cover each student’s ticket for one planetarium show and a transportation subsidy of $150 per bus to each school.

For visits from Morehead's Outreach and Engagment programs, the scholarship will cover the standard $350 fee for a mobile lab visit to a school, and the standard fees associated with a enrichment visit or a mobile planetarium visit.

Eligibility

Elementary, middle and high school teachers are encouraged to apply for the scholarship.

Appreciation

This scholarship program would not be possible without the generous support of the Nicholas Bunn Boddie Sr. and Lucy Mayo Boddie Foundation. Private gifts such as this make it possible for Morehead Planetarium and Science Center to bring science education to North Carolina children who might not otherwise have this opportunity. To ensure the continuation of this wonderful program, please encourage your students to write thank you letters to the address below:

Mr. Mayo Boddie Boddie 
Noell-Enterprises, Inc. 
P.O. Box 1908 
Rocky Mount, NC 27802-1908 

Martin County

The Nickolas Bunn Boddie, Sr. and Lucy Mayo Boddie Foundation Scholarship Program generously provides funds to public and charter schools in Bertie, Edgecombe, Halifax, Hertford, Martin, Nash, Northampton and Warren counties for students to attend programs at Morehead Planetarium and Science Center or to receive a visit from one of Morehead's Outreach and Engagement programs (enrichment visitmobile labsmobile planetarium).

For a field trip visit to Morehead, the scholarship will cover each student’s ticket for one planetarium show and a transportation subsidy of $150 per bus to each school.

For visits from Morehead's Outreach and Engagment programs, the scholarship will cover the standard $350 fee for a mobile lab visit to a school, and the standard fees associated with a enrichment visit or a mobile planetarium visit.

Eligibility

Elementary, middle and high school teachers are encouraged to apply for the scholarship.

Appreciation

This scholarship program would not be possible without the generous support of the Nicholas Bunn Boddie Sr. and Lucy Mayo Boddie Foundation. Private gifts such as this make it possible for Morehead Planetarium and Science Center to bring science education to North Carolina children who might not otherwise have this opportunity. To ensure the continuation of this wonderful program, please encourage your students to write thank you letters to the address below:

Mr. Mayo Boddie Boddie 
Noell-Enterprises, Inc. 
P.O. Box 1908 
Rocky Mount, NC 27802-1908 

Nash County

The Nickolas Bunn Boddie, Sr. and Lucy Mayo Boddie Foundation Scholarship Program generously provides funds to public and charter schools in Bertie, Edgecombe, Halifax, Hertford, Martin, Nash, Northampton and Warren counties for students to attend programs at Morehead Planetarium and Science Center or to receive a visit from one of Morehead's Outreach and Engagement programs (enrichment visitmobile labsmobile planetarium).

For a field trip visit to Morehead, the scholarship will cover each student’s ticket for one planetarium show and a transportation subsidy of $150 per bus to each school.

For visits from Morehead's Outreach and Engagment programs, the scholarship will cover the standard $350 fee for a mobile lab visit to a school, and the standard fees associated with a enrichment visit or a mobile planetarium visit.

Eligibility

Elementary, middle and high school teachers are encouraged to apply for the scholarship.

Appreciation

This scholarship program would not be possible without the generous support of the Nicholas Bunn Boddie Sr. and Lucy Mayo Boddie Foundation. Private gifts such as this make it possible for Morehead Planetarium and Science Center to bring science education to North Carolina children who might not otherwise have this opportunity. To ensure the continuation of this wonderful program, please encourage your students to write thank you letters to the address below:

Mr. Mayo Boddie Boddie 
Noell-Enterprises, Inc. 
P.O. Box 1908 
Rocky Mount, NC 27802-1908 

Northampton County

The Nickolas Bunn Boddie, Sr. and Lucy Mayo Boddie Foundation Scholarship Program generously provides funds to public and charter schools in Bertie, Edgecombe, Halifax, Hertford, Martin, Nash, Northampton and Warren counties for students to attend programs at Morehead Planetarium and Science Center or to receive a visit from one of Morehead's Outreach and Engagement programs (enrichment visitmobile labsmobile planetarium).

For a field trip visit to Morehead, the scholarship will cover each student’s ticket for one planetarium show and a transportation subsidy of $150 per bus to each school.

For visits from Morehead's Outreach and Engagment programs, the scholarship will cover the standard $350 fee for a mobile lab visit to a school, and the standard fees associated with a enrichment visit or a mobile planetarium visit.

Eligibility

Elementary, middle and high school teachers are encouraged to apply for the scholarship.

Appreciation

This scholarship program would not be possible without the generous support of the Nicholas Bunn Boddie Sr. and Lucy Mayo Boddie Foundation. Private gifts such as this make it possible for Morehead Planetarium and Science Center to bring science education to North Carolina children who might not otherwise have this opportunity. To ensure the continuation of this wonderful program, please encourage your students to write thank you letters to the address below:

Mr. Mayo Boddie Boddie 
Noell-Enterprises, Inc. 
P.O. Box 1908 
Rocky Mount, NC 27802-1908 

Richmond County

Eligibility

Elementary, middle and high school teachers in Richmond County are encouraged to apply for the scholarship.

The Richmond Scholarship covers the price for each student's ticket for one planetarium show as well as a transportation subsidy of $200.

Appreciation

Gifts such as this make it possible for Morehead Planetarium and Science Center to bring science education to North Carolina children who might not otherwise have this opportunity. To ensure the continuation of this wonderful program, please take a moment to have your class write a thank you letter and we will forward it to the scholarship donor.

Please send your letters to:

Attn: Scholarship Coordinator 
Morehead Planetarium and Science Center 
UNC-Chapel Hill 
CB# 3480
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3480

Roseboro Elementary School, Roseboro (Sampson County)

Morehead Planetarium and Science Center receives funding from one generous individual for Roseboro Elementary students in Sampson County to benefit from a Morehead field trip. For each student, the scholarship covers a ticket to two planetarium shows, Science Stage programs or classes, or a combination of two types of programs. The scholarship also provides a transportation stipend and a boxed lunch for each student.

Eligibility

Teachers from Roseboro Elementary School are eligible to apply for this scholarship.

Appreciation

Gifts such as this make it possible for Morehead Planetarium and Science Center to bring science education to North Carolina children who might not otherwise have this opportunity. To ensure the continuation of this wonderful program, please take a moment to have your class write a thank you letter and send it to the following address:

Attn: Scholarship Coordinator
Morehead Planetarium and Science Center
CB #3480
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3480

Warren County

The Nickolas Bunn Boddie, Sr. and Lucy Mayo Boddie Foundation Scholarship Program generously provides funds to public and charter schools in Bertie, Edgecombe, Halifax, Hertford, Martin, Nash, Northampton and Warren counties for students to attend programs at Morehead Planetarium and Science Center or to receive a visit from one of Morehead's Outreach and Engagement programs (enrichment visitmobile labsmobile planetarium).

For a field trip visit to Morehead, the scholarship will cover each student’s ticket for one planetarium show and a transportation subsidy of $150 per bus to each school.

For visits from Morehead's Outreach and Engagment programs, the scholarship will cover the standard $350 fee for a mobile lab visit to a school, and the standard fees associated with a enrichment visit or a mobile planetarium visit.

Eligibility

Elementary, middle and high school teachers are encouraged to apply for the scholarship.

Appreciation

This scholarship program would not be possible without the generous support of the Nicholas Bunn Boddie Sr. and Lucy Mayo Boddie Foundation. Private gifts such as this make it possible for Morehead Planetarium and Science Center to bring science education to North Carolina children who might not otherwise have this opportunity. To ensure the continuation of this wonderful program, please encourage your students to write thank you letters to the address below:

Mr. Mayo Boddie Boddie 
Noell-Enterprises, Inc. 
P.O. Box 1908 
Rocky Mount, NC 27802-1908