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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

About

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 one show admission and a transportation stipend ($150 for every 40 students) are awarded to schools with 75% or more of the student body eligible for free or reduced lunch.

For visits from outreach programs, the scholarship will cover the standard travel fee of $200 for one day of outreach program visits to schools with 65% ore more of the student body eligible for free or reduced lunch. This scholarship amount will be awarded even if your school falls within 90 miles of Chapel Hill and would not normally be charged the full travel fee.

Eligibility

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. Because these data sources are often at least one year behind in reporting data, your school may incorrectly be listed below the 75% threshold if it has changed in the past year. For this reason we are also able to accept determination of eligibility in the form of a 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.

Programming

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

Application

Priority Deadline: Monday, 9/16/19 @ 5:00PM.

For on-site field trips to the Planetarium, go to our Field Trips page, and fill out a reservation request form. For outreach visits to your school, complete the request form for whichever outreach program you're interested in. On 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. The due date to be considered for a scholarship is by 5PM, Monday 9/16/19. Requests received prior to this date 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.

When our reservations staff reviews your request, they evaluate your school for scholarship eligibility and inform you if you've been added to the wait lists. Then, starting on the week of September 16, schools will be informed of their updated scholarship status. If your school is not awarded a scholarship due to insufficient funding, your request will remain on the waitlist should additional funds become available as other schools either cancel or don't use their entire awards - but since this is rare, we advise schools still on the waitlist after the priority 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. 

Region-specific scholarship programs

About

Morehead donors have established scholarships that benefit specific schools and school districts. See below for a list of counties or regions that have eligible scholarships.

Programming

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

Application

Priority Deadline: Monday, 9/16/19 @ 5:00PM.

For on-site field trips to the Planetarium, go to our Field Trips page, and fill out a reservation request form. For outreach visits to your school, complete the request form for whichever outreach program you're interested in. On 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. The due date to be considered for a scholarship is by 5PM, Monday 9/16/19. Requests received prior to this date 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.

When our reservations staff reviews your request, they evaluate your school for scholarship eligibility and inform you if you've been added to the wait lists. Then, starting on the week of September 16, schools will be informed of their updated scholarship status. If your school is not awarded a scholarship due to insufficient funding, your request will remain on the waitlist should additional funds become available as other schools either cancel or don't use their entire awards - but since this is rare, we advise schools still on the waitlist after the priority 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. 

Region-Specific Scholarships | Eligible Counties

Northeastern NC Counties

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 all fees associated with a enrichment visit or a mobile planetarium visit for the first day of programming.

Eligibility

Elementary, middle and high school teachers from K-12 Public and Charter schools in eligible counties 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 

Southeastern NC Counties

The William R. Kenan, Jr. Scholarship Program is generously providing funding to public schools in the following rural counties in Southeastern North Carolina: Beaufort, Bladen, Brunswick, Carteret, Cloumbus, Craven, Duplin, Greene, Harnett, Hyde, Johnston, Jones, Lee, Lenoir, Moore, Onslow, Pamlico, Pender, Richmond, Robeson, Sampson, Scotland, Wayne, and Wilson Counties

The scholarship provides 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

Elementary, middle and high school teachers from K-12 Public and Charter schools in eligible counties are encouraged to apply for the scholarship.

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