Katy Waddell '20, known in her dorm for creating clever puns, holds a congratulatory sign that her Riverfront Hall dormmates made after learning she had received the Morehead-Cain Scholarship at UNC-Chapel Hill.
The Morehead-Cain Scholarship was the first merit scholarship program in the United States and covers all expenses for four years of undergraduate study at UNC-Chapel Hill. The package also features a program of summer enrichment experiences. Selection criteria for the award include leadership, moral force of character, academic achievement, and physical vigor, and recipients are chosen based solely on merit and accomplishment. Nearly 300 Morehead-Cain Scholars currently study on the UNC campus.
Waddell, a four-year boarding student from Acworth, Ga., has served as a dormitory prefect, a member of the Honor Council, and an editor of The Baylor Notes and the Periaktoi. She was an All-Region lacrosse player and rowed for the varsity crew team, was chosen for a student exchange to New Zealand, and was a recipient of the Joe Key Award, a trip honoring rising seniors with admirable character. A Harris-Stanford Honors student, Waddell has been enrolled in the Baylor's Advanced Science and Engineering Research program for two years, studying the use of virtual reality in concussion rehabilitation.
“Katy is one of the most intellectually curious students I have encountered, challenging herself to grow in intellect, leadership, and character during her time at Baylor," says Ann Katherine Taylor, associate director of college counseling and Baylor dorm parent. “She exudes maturity beyond her years, possesses a dedication to her classwork that is unparalleled, is a strong advocate for social justice, and, above all, displays a true desire to harness the power of education as the road to succeed in life.”
Waddell is the 51st Baylor student to receive the scholarship since UNC selected the first recipients in 1951. See the complete list here.
“I am still in shock but am ready to take full advantage of this incredible opportunity,” said Waddell. “I’m so thankful to my family, friends, mentors, teachers, and the Baylor community for the foundation they have provided enabling me to achieve this success. I know that without Baylor and the amazing life lessons I’ve learned here, none of this would have been possible.”