Belk Scholarship-Davidson

Davidson College has invited NCSSM to nominate two outstanding seniors for the John Montgomery Belk Scholarship. As the school’s most prestigious merit-based award, the annually renewable Belk Scholarship covers the comprehensive cost of attending Davidson (room, board, tuition, and fees) valued at over $63,000 in 2017-18. The program also provides access to special stipends allowing scholars to pursue international study and other intellectual, leadership, and service enrichment opportunities.

Belk Scholars represent the finest attributes of the Davidson student body: intellectual depth and academic achievement, strength of character and integrity, global awareness, commitment to service, leadership ability, and potential for continuing impact.

If you wish to be considered for nomination by the NCSSM Scholarship Nominating Committee for the Belk Scholarship, please submit the following to the Academic Programs Office (Watts 100--off Watts Lobby) no later than 12:00 noon, Monday, October 23, 2017:

  • Briefly describe any scholastic distinctions or honors you have won (beginning with ninth grade).
  • List extracurricular, personal, and volunteer activities you have been involved in during high school (including grade level, approximate time spent, and positions held or honors won).
  • Briefly describe your most meaningful activity (150 word maximum).
  • List the books you have read in the past year for school or leisure--place an asterisk by those books required for classes you have taken.
  • Provide a brief response to the following: (150 word maximum): Why are you interested in Davidson College?
  • Write a personal essay on one of the options listed below: (500 word maximum)
    • Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
    • The lessons we take from failure can be fundamental to later success. Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?
    • Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?
    • Describe a problem you’ve solved or a problem you’d like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma—anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.
    • Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.

Please note that an application for undergraduate admission to Davidson College will be required by December 1, 2017. For further information visit the Davidson College Belk Scholars website (

The deadline for submitting your completed application to the Academic Programs Office (Watts 100) is 12:00 noon, Monday, October 23, 2017.