Investing in the Future

Supporting the Scholars of Today and Tomorrow

Scholars make up less than 2 percent of the undergraduate student body, but their impact goes well beyond their numbers. The impact of alumni on scholars’ success is immeasurable.

Leaving a Lasting Legacy: Joseph “Joe” Craver ’63

In summer 2022, the Morehead-Cain community celebrated the life of Joseph “Joe” Craver ’63 of Shelby, North Carolina, who passed away on June 2.

Joe left a legacy of education, mentorship, and service. A professor and cardiothoracic surgeon at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, the alumnus performed more than 11,000 operations over three decades and trained eighty-five heart surgical interns.

Receiving the Morehead-Cain Scholarship allowed Joe to “pursue his dreams of becoming a physician and practice his vocation at the highest level,” said Amelia Wilson Craver, Joe’s wife of thirty years.

“It’s hard to imagine Joe’s life path without the Morehead-Cain,” she said, describing the Program as a lifelong honor and gift. “He was motivated by both the professional and personal opportunities the scholarship opened for him.”

In gratitude for the Morehead-Cain, Joe left a planned gift to support generations of scholars to come. The generosity was inspired by “following the successes of alumni and of the Program,” Amelia said. His friendships with Chuck and Karen Lovelace, Morehead-Cain’s executive director (from 1987 to 2021) and wife, respectively, also furthered his connection to and appreciation for the community.

“He always urged others to do their best at each level so that other opportunities would arise for them going forward, as they had for him,” she said.

As the son of two teachers, Joe placed an “extreme value on education,” the alumnus’ son, Bill Craver ’91, said.

“He believed education gave people the greatest opportunity to reach their full potential,” said the fellow Morehead-Cain, much like the Foundation’s original benefactors.

That mindset shaped his philanthropic choices, donating portions of his estate to the UNC School of Medicine, Joe’s alma mater, and the Program.

Morehead-Cain is deeply grateful to Joe and the Craver family for ensuring future scholars receive life-changing opportunities.

Read more about the late alumnus >


Making an Impact on the Morehead-Cain Day of Giving

In November 2022, the alumni community, senior class, and friends of the Foundation came together for another record-breaking Day of Giving! The Program received 1,264 gifts by the end of the Day, a new total marking 38 percent alumni participation.

We’d like to extend a special congratulations to the Morehead-Cain Class of 2023 for building on the success set by the last senior class and reaching 100 percent participation in record time. Andrew Buchanan ’23, the scholar representative on the Morehead-Cain Scholarship Fund Board, led the senior class gift campaign.

Your generosity ensures the Program can provide scholars with life-changing experiences, impactful connections, and the tools to become dynamic, purpose-driven leaders. Thank you for making this year so memorable!

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“Making a gift every year to the Program brings me great joy. When I received the scholarship in the spring of 1956, I couldn’t have imagined all it would do for me. I give back annually because I am filled with gratitude for what it did for me.”
  • Hugh Patterson
  • Class of 1960

Promise and Possibilities

A message from the MCSF Chair

Phil Berney ’86
Chair, Morehead-Cain Scholarship Fund Board
Ex Officio Trustee, Morehead-Cain Foundation

Dear Friends,

As we all reflect on a remarkable 2022–2023 academic year for Morehead-Cain, I’m genuinely amazed by the collective achievements and incredible support from our esteemed community of alumni and friends.

Morehead-Cain Alumni, the pillars of our legacy, have been instrumental in our journey. Your unwavering support, engagement, and contributions have significantly shaped the landscape of our progress this year. From mentoring the next generation of leaders to offering invaluable insights at scholar events and supporting initiatives such as Impact Educator and Food for Thought, your involvement has been nothing short of inspirational.

Together, we’ve made significant strides in fostering stronger bonds within our community. Through the 2023 Alumni Survey conducted by BCG (and generously facilitated by Mike Deimler ’86 and his team), the eighth triennial Morehead-Cain Alumni Forum, and fifteen regional alumni events around the country and Canada, we’ve rekindled connections, shared experiences, and continued to build upon the foundation of mutual respect, support, and a lifelong commitment to learning. The Morehead-Cain Staff does an incredible job of facilitating these opportunities and encouraging scholars to participate as well.

The alumni spirit of giving back has also been pivotal in advancing our mission. This past year, which concluded on June 30, 56 percent of alumni supported the Program financially. This is our seventh year at or above 50 percent and our third year at or above 55 percent. This phenomenal level of participation has a profound impact on the lives of current and future scholars, the University, and the world.

The future for Morehead-Cain is filled with promise and possibilities. Let’s continue this journey together, united by our passion for excellence and making an impact.

Thank you for being an integral part of our success story.

With gratitude,

Phil Berney ’86
Chair, Morehead-Cain Scholarship Fund Board
Ex Officio Trustee, Morehead-Cain Foundation


Facts and Stats

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Morehead-Cain Scholarship Fund

The Morehead-Cain Scholarship Fund (MCSF) is the fundraising entity for the Morehead-Cain Scholars Program. Although the organization is separate from the Morehead-Cain Foundation, both entities support the Morehead-Cain Scholars Program. The alumni-led initiative has raised nearly $100 million since its founding in 2004. While the MCSF board of directors is the governing body for the Fund, the group also helps encourage the active engagement of alumni, increase the lifetime value of the Morehead-Cain, and drive the collective role of all scholars and alumni to be a force for pursuing the common good.

Morehead-Cain Scholarship Fund Board


Mr. Robert J. Bach ’84

Managing Partner, Xbachs, LLC
Medina, Washington

Mr. Philip E. Berney ’86 Chair

CEO, Kelso & Company
New York, New York

Mr. Andrew J. Buchanan ’23

Senior Class Delegate
Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Dr. William M. Detmer ’82

President & CEO, Unbound Medicine
Charlottesville, Virginia

Dr. Katherine Kirby Dunleavy ’91
Vice Chair

Physician, Internal Medicine (retired)
Annapolis, Maryland

Ms. Rachelle A. Feldman

Vice Provost for Enrollment, UNC–Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Dr. Thomas C. Freeman

Executive Director, Chancellors Science Scholars, UNC–Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Ms. Shana L. Fulton ’98

Partner, Brooks Pierce McLendon Humphrey  & Leonard
Raleigh, North Carolina

Mrs. Barbara Rosser Hyde ’83

Chairman and CEO, Hyde Family Foundation
Memphis, Tennessee
MCSF Board_Havey Kennedy

Mr. Harvey L. Kennedy ’74

Attorney and Partner
Kennedy, Kennedy, Kennedy, & Kennedy, LLP
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Janora McDuffie-Ryan ’99

Ms. Janora McDuffie-Ryan ’99

Actor/Voice-Over Artist/Host
Long Beach, California

Dr. Pamela Alston Oliver ’96

Physician, Novant Health Womancare
Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Mr. Raymond D. Sawyer ’13

Director, Community Health Partnerships, Well
Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Mr. Matthew L. Soule ’91

Private Investor
Greensboro, North Carolina

Mr. Robert J. Squire ’05

Partner, CVC Capital Partners
New York, New York

Mr. Brian G. Strong ’00

Global Head of Communications, Bloomberg Media
New York, New York

Dr. Otis E. Tillman, Jr. ’86

Physician, Internal and Sports Medicine
Columbus, Georgia
Ursano, Tony

Mr. Antonio Ursano, Jr. ’87

Managing Partner and Co-Founder, Insurance Advisory Partners
New York, New York

Ms. Karina Vasudeva ’24

Junior Class Delegate
Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Ms. Madhulika Vulimiri ’14

Deputy Director, the Division of Child and Family Well-Being, NC Department of Health and Human Services
Raleigh, North Carolina