Jupiter Ball Scholarship Program

Jupiter Ball Scholarship Program

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 are pleased to offer scholarships for eligible K-12 schools in North Carolina.

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.

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

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.

Scholarship funds for the 2020-21 school year are currently being awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis for outreach and in-person field trips through the end of May 2021. Information on scholarships the 2021-22 school year will be available in late Summer 2021.

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.

Richard Watt | Reservations Manager