Hoggard student earns Morehead-Cain Scholarship

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Aisling Henihan. Photo courtesy New Hanover County Schools.
Aisling Henihan. Photo courtesy New Hanover County Schools.

A local student has received one of the nation’s oldest, most prestigious recognitions.

Hoggard High School senior Aisling Henihan was recently named as a Morehead-Cain Scholar by the University of North Carolina.

The first merit scholarship in the nation, founded at the country’s first public university, the annual scholarship covers all expenses for four years of undergraduate study at UNC-Chapel Hill. It also includes a summer enrichment program that includes an outdoor leadership course, public service in the U.S. or abroad, research opportunities at sites across the globe and experience in private enterprise.

Henihan joins an elite list of 59 students, 34 of whom are from North Carolina. Of the remaining 25 scholars selected this year, 18 attend U.S. high schools. The remaining reside in the United Kingdom, Canada, China and South Africa.

An active member of student council and Beta Club, Henihan is also a dancer, performing in several local productions and attending summer programs with the Carolina Ballet and American Ballet Theatre.

She hopes to pursue a career in public policy or law.