Morehead Planetarium & Science Center, as a unit of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has suspended public operations until further notice because of ongoing Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) concerns. Please read our full statement here. 

Scholarships

Committed to equity of access to science education

Morehead Planetarium and Science Center is committed to equity of access to its programs and is pleased to provide scholarships to assist eligible schools with admission and other field trip costs.

We currently offer three specific scholarships:

  • The Jupiter Ball Scholarship Program
  • The Boddie Foundation Scholarship Program
  • The William R. Kenan, Jr. Scholarship Program

Please read below for eligibility details and application information.

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Eligibility

The priority deadline for scholarships has already ended.

Please read about each scholarship opportunity to determine your eligibility before submitting a request.

 

Morehead uses data from the N.C. Department of Public Instruction, the National Center for Education Statistics, and the online database of Community Eligibility Provision participant schools from to Food Research & Action Center to make determinations regarding free and reduced lunch eligibility. We also accept determination of eligibility in the form of an official statement from the principal or school lunch administrator on school letterhead that your school does currently have 75% or more of the student body eligible (not just enrolled) for free and reduced lunch.

*This scholarship can be used for a field trip to Morehead or to request one of Morehead’s at-your-school programs

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).

*This scholarship can be used for a field trip to Morehead or to request one of Morehead’s at-your-school programs

The William R. Kenan, Jr. Scholarship Program generously provides funding to public schools in Duplin County and other schools in rural southeastern North Carolina counties. For purposes of eligibility, schools from southeastern NC counties other than Duplin are considered eligible if the school is in a “Tier 1” county in the annual county distress ranking report on the NC Department of Commerce’s website, found here.

*This scholarship can only be used for a field trip to Morehead Planetarium & Science Center. 

Jupiter Ball Scholarship Program

Please see eligibility criteria above for this program.

This programs covers the following:

  • Cost of one (1) planetarium show admission for each student and a transportation stipend ($150 for every 40 students) -OR- 
  • Standard travel fee of $200 for one day of an at-your-school program visit

Boddie Foundation Scholarship Program

Please see eligibility criteria above for this program.

This programs covers the following:

  • Cost of one (1) planetarium show admission for each student and a transportation subsidy ($150 per school bus) -OR-
  • $350 fee to cover all fees associated with an at-your-school program visit for one day

William R. Kenan, Jr. Scholarship Program

Please see eligibility criteria above for this program.

This programs covers the cost of:

  • Each student’s ticket for one planetarium show or science stage show or discovery class and
  • A transportation subsidy of $150 per every 40 students (one bus load)

For on-site field trips to Morehead, go to our Field Trips page and complete a reservation request form.

For at-your-school visits, complete the request form for whichever at-your-school program you’re interested in.

On each form, select “yes” when asked if you would like to apply to a scholarship, and answer the questions about your free/reduced lunch percentage.

Requests received prior to the priority deadline will be evaluated at the same time based on level of need, geographic area, date of visit, and date the scholarship was requested. Requests received after the deadline will be reviewed on a first-come, first-serve basis and will be added to wait-lists after those who requested prior to the deadline but did not receive an award.

Please note that the priority deadline for this year has already passed, and there are no additional funds for the 2019-2020 school year.

When our reservations staff reviews your request, they evaluate your school for scholarship eligibility and inform you if you have been awarded a scholarship or added to the wait lists. We advise schools still on a wait list after the award notification period (within a week of the priority application deadline) to plan as though no scholarship awards will be available for their visit.

Please note that there is never a penalty for canceling because a scholarship application can’t be fulfilled. If you have already confirmed a reservation, and will no longer be able to visit due to a lack of scholarship funding, please contact the reservations office to cancel the visit.

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

Boddie Foundation Scholarship Program

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


William R. Kenan, Jr. Scholarship Program

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

Richard Watt | Reservations Manager
rwatt@email.unc.edu
919.843.3522