CHAPEL HILL – Three high school seniors with ties to south Charlotte were among 75 students accepted into the Morehead-Cain Scholars program at UNC-Chapel Hill.
The following students were selected based on criteria that included leadership, character and academic achievement:
Rhea Bhagia, of Providence Day School, has been the president of the Model United Nations Club and won best delegate at an international conference. Rhea has been an all-conference player in golf and co-president of her school’s Future Problem Solving Club. She promotes awareness for cancer research as Miss Teen North Carolina North America. Rhea is interested in studying computer science and statistics. She is the daughter of Priti Bhagia and the late Sarjoo Bhagia.
Zoe Conner, of Charlotte Country Day School, is president of both a school feminism club and the film club. Zoe has also been a highest-level member in the International Thespian Society, chair of Model United Nations, chief poetry editor for her school’s literary magazine and a member of a coed Ultimate Frisbee team. Zoe is interested in pursuing computer science, women’s studies, and film and literature analysis. She is the daughter of Natalie Conner.
Mark Dillon Jr., of Myers Park High School, is CEO of Match Point Pens. The company sells hand-turned wooden pens in seven stores across the Southeast and mid-Atlantic to help underprivileged youth learn tennis. Mark volunteers with programs that make tennis more financially accessible and raises money for wheelchair-bound tennis players. Mark is interested in studying finance, economics and computer science. He is the son of Mark and Adele Dillon.
The Morehead-Cain Scholarship covers all expenses for four years of undergraduate study at UNC-Chapel Hill. It includes summer enrichment experiences designed to stretch students beyond their comfort zones.