Prestigious Morehead-Cain Scholarship Awarded to St. Lawrence Student, Virginie Ruest


April 1, 2021 – Virginie Ruest, a second-year health science student and member of the Lion's Track & Field team, has been selected as a Morehead-Cain Scholar at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Fewer than 4 percent of candidates will become members of the Class of 2025, placing Virginie among a strong and select group. She is only the 9th Quebecer to receive this honour.


“When I got the news, I was so excited and shocked. This is a big deal, and the process was very daunting. English is my second language, so expressing my thoughts clearly in a multitude of online group and individual interviews wasn’t easy,” explains Virginie. “Once the news sank in, I had to make a monumental decision.  I had been toying with the idea of applying to a medical program in Quebec. This changes things as in the States, you must do a four-year undergraduate degree before beginning your medical training,” shares Virginie. “What really played in the balance for me was, of course the financial aspect, but mostly the amazing opportunities that come with this program. I already have an outdoor leadership and backpacking trip waiting for me in July! Now, I have four years of enriching experiences in front of me to help me decide what I want to do.”


Virginie came to St. Lawrence after attending l’Académie Ste-Marie and l’école secondaire La Seigneurie. “We’re thrilled and so proud of Virginie,” expressed Edward Berryman, Director of the Constituent College and Director of Studies. “The Morehead-Cain program is very prestigious and competitive. It’s wonderful to see a student’s hard work, dedication and drive pay off. Shaping tomorrow’s leaders is our greatest pride and our faculty and staff will continue to strive towards that ambitious and honourable goal,” concluded Mr. Berryman. 



About the scholarship


Offered at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Morehead-Cain is a fully-funded educational experience proven to develop leaders within a structure that is intentionally nimble.  It provides a net, then lets scholars go, giving them the trust and freedom to pursue their own interests, mine their own potential, determine their own sphere of influence, and make their own impact.


Challenging, valuable and unique experiences are included, such as an international gap year, four fully-funded summer enrichment activities, a study abroad program and discovery fund.