General Scholarships

Once admitted to Davidson, you are automatically considered for a limited number of general scholarships. Awards can range from $500 to $15,000 annually.

The strength of your application for admission is the deciding factor in receiving these scholarships. Financial need is not considered.

No separate application form is required and you will be evaluated equally with your peers, whether you apply by early decision or regular decision. 


Once academic excellence is established, general scholarships may be awarded with additional preference for the skills, interests, and experiences that add to the vitality of the Davidson experience. Examples include:

  • Being among the first in your family to attend college  
  • Exceptional athletic and academic skills
  • From a specific geographic region
  • Interest in certain academic areas
  • Leadership skills
  • Commitment to service

General scholarships can be renewed each year, provided your grade point average and progress toward degree requirements are met.

Examples of Prestigious Awards include:

  • The James B. Duke Scholarship, established by the Duke Endowment of Charlotte, NC.
  • The John I. Smith Scholarship, established by the John I. Smith Charities in memory of former Trustee, John I. Smith '24.

View our frequently asked questions or contact our Office of Admission and Financial Aid at 800-768-0380 for more information.