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Kacey Williams wins Morehead-Cain Scholarship
Congratulations to Kacey Williams, who is one of 51 students from across the world who has won the Morehead-Cain Scholarship to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. "This is the scholarship I had always hoped to get," stated Williams after she was notified that she had won!
The Morehead-Cain scholarship covers the expenses for four years of college, including tuition, books, and supplies. In addition, winners also receive summer enrichment opportunities around the world. To illustrate, Kacey will travel to Wyoming to hike the Rocky Mountains this summer as part of this scholarship.
As part of her many contributions to both Piedmont and the community, Kacey is the founder of the Hope Garden, which is a garden to help supply food for the local homeless shelter. In addition, she serves on the Ronald McDonald Teen Advisory Board in Charlotte and is a state leader for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She is involved in soccer at Piedmont and holds leadership positions in National Honor Society, the Senior Class, and Environmental Club.
The scholarship process begins with a stringent application, which Kacey began in August. She then went to a regional interview in Charlotte, before being invited to Chapel Hill for a weekend and another round of interviews. A week later, UNC notified the scholarship recipients. "That was probably the longest week of my life. It's so hard to go up there and you get so excited...when you come home, you're so excited to go and there's a week-long wait," noted Kacey.
While at Carolina, Kacey will study abroad and plans to study non-profit business management. Her future goal is to work for a non-profit institution after college. Her passion to help others motivates her, and her international travels will allow her to see different cultures and areas that she can help those who are less fortunate. According to Williams, "I love the feeling of having a direct impact in another person's life. To me, it makes the little things that you do seem very, very important and very worth it."
Congratulations, Kacey, on winning the prestigious Morehead-Cain Scholarship!
Written by: Donna Helms, Web Editor
Posted: Apr 30, 2012 by Donna Helms