McCallie senior Will McGregor has accepted the highly respected Morehead-Cain Scholarship to attend the University of North Carolina.
McGregor joins a long line of McCallie graduates to accept the Morehead scholarship, and he is the first McCallie alumnus to accept the scholarship since John Stevenson ’07.
“The Morehead-Cain Scholarship is one of the most selective and highly regarded college scholarship opportunities in the United States,” McCallie Headmaster Lee Burns ’87 said. “Will McGregor has proven himself to be an outstanding student, athlete and leader at McCallie, and he will be an outstanding Morehead-Cain scholar when he begins his college career in Chapel Hill.”
McGregor’s family has a long history at McCallie, where Will is part of a third generation of McGregor men attending school on the Ridge. Will’s grandfather, Dr. Alberto McGregor ’55 and his brothers Donald ’48 and Robert ’52 came to McCallie in more than 60 years ago, and the family has played a strong role in the school ever since. Will’s father Alberto McGregor ’82 currently serves on the Board of Trustees.
Will’s accomplishments at McCallie are beyond impressive. He was a first-team all-state soccer selection and was on the preseason watch list for All-America honors for his senior season. He also excelled in diving, finishing in the top 10 at the state diving meet.
“Over the past few weeks, several Morehead-Cain scholar alumni from around the world have reached out to me,” Will said. “Some of them — Bill Kimball (’79), Charlie Anderson (’93), and Carter Newbold (’84) — are McCallie alumni, and they really helped me to understand the magnitude and responsibility of the gift that I have just received. So I am going to run with this opportunity and do amazing things with it.”
At McCallie, Will McGregor is a member of the TEPs and Keo-Kio leadership organizations, serves on Student Council and is a member of the Cum Laude honor society. He mentors younger students as an RA in the Pressly all-freshman dorm. In addition he is the co-founder and president of McCallie’s LEO Club, and he planned the club’s service trip to Nicaragua during his sophomore year. He has been selected to attend the Lions International Youth Camp in the Italian Alps.
“Will is that special combination of athletic accomplishments, academic achievement and outstanding leadership,” said McCallie College Guidance counselor Brian Beckley. “He would do amazing things wherever he went to college. However, as a Morehead-Cain scholar, he will have experiences in and out of the classroom that will mold him even as he continues to mold those around him.”
Established in 1945 and inspired by the Rhodes Scholarship at Oxford University, the Morehead-Cain Scholarship was the first merit scholarship program established in the United States. The Morehead-Cain was the the first to envision and implement a strategic summer enrichment program and, most recently, the first to designate a fund for discovery for each of its scholars.