Two Asheville School seniors advance as finalists for Morehead-Cain Scholarship

Press release

From Asheville School

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (January 28, 2013) Asheville School seniors Avi Goldstein and Ian Van Wye were recently named finalists for the prestigious Morehead-Cain Scholarship, awarded by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

“We are thrilled that Avi and Ian have moved forward as Morehead-Cain finalists,” said Leah Lambert, Director of the College Office. “What an honor to be considered for such an amazing opportunity! We wish them the best as they approach the final phase of the selection process.”

The Morehead-Cain (previously known as Morehead) Scholarship, established in 1951, includes an annual stipend that covers full tuition and all other standard expenses, a laptop computer, a fully funded, four-year Summer Enrichment Program beginning the summer before the freshman year, and funding to pursue a “gap year” before starting college. The Morehead-Cain Scholarship is awarded to students based on four criteria: evidence of moral force of character, capacities to lead and motivate fellow students, scholastic ability, extracurricular achievement, and physical vigor as shown by participation in sports or in other ways. Morehead-Cain selection committees seek to identify young leaders with high levels of commitment, courage, creativity, and independence. This scholarship is valued at approximately $85,000 for in-state and $164,000 for out-of-state students.

Both Van Wye and Goldstein have many leadership roles in addition to their academic successes at Asheville School. Van Wye is a Prefect, treasurer of the Microfinance Society, editor-in-chief of the Ashnoca, and co-editor of Logos. Goldstein is also a Prefect, and the president of Dance Club, and outside of school, he is a founding member of his band Skinny Legs and All and the Goldstein Family Band.

Both students have an abundance of ambition, and already have clear goals for themselves in regards to how they would utilize the scholarship, specifically the summer enrichment opportunities.

“I would be interested in exploring/studying developing economies in Africa as well as pursuing a business or finance internship,” Van Wye said.

“I hope that the summer enrichment experiences will give me the opportunity to discover myself through pushing my comfort zone, to impact communities around the world, to immerse myself in other cultures, and to have real work experience. I want to use my summers to grow intellectually, emotionally, and socially among peers who want to do the same,” Goldstein said.

Both finalists are invited to Final Selection Weekend at UNC-Chapel Hill for their final interviews. Recipients of the Morehead-Cain are selected and notified by March 8, 2013.

Avi Goldstein is the son of Drs. Jonas and Meryl Goldstein, and Ian Van Wye is the son of Dr. John Van Wye and Dr. Hope Mustoe, all of Asheville, NC. Asheville School congratulates them both on their finalist status!

A nationally acclaimed co-ed college preparatory boarding and day school, Asheville School enrolls approximately 275 students from across the country and overseas. Recent graduates are attending Harvard, Stanford, Columbia, University of Pennsylvania, Cornell, Caltech, UCLA, UNC-Chapel Hill, Davidson, NC State, University of Virginia, Emory, Duke, and Wake Forest, among others.


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