From the Davidson campus to cities around the world, the John Montgomery Belk Scholarship Program provides scholars with access to a rich diversity of experience during their undergraduate years. The Belk Scholarship allows scholars great flexibility in the on- and off-campus opportunities they choose to explore. Those experiences, paired with Davidson’s academic programs, deepen the scholars’ intelligence, maturity, and understanding of global issues.
The Belk Scholarship provides each scholar with two $3,000 special study stipends to support intellectual, personal, and leadership development over the course of their college years.
In recent years, Belk Scholars have used their stipends to explore their passions in this country and abroad.
Recent Belk Scholar Experiences
- Examined sustainable development in EU nations (Germany, France, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, and Greece)
- Interned in New York City with the Guggenheim Foundation to work on a project with the curatorial staff of the Abu Dhabi Project—researching contemporary Arab artists, purchasing works of art for the new museum, and helping to plan the museum’s opening exhibitions
- Spent the summer in Jordan to study Arabic language and culture
- Participated in a Summerbridge Program in Hong Kong, teaching writing and poetry analysis to disadvantaged Chinese students;
- conducted ethnographic field work at North Korean migrants’ educational, employment, and residential sites to trace the process and progress of their cultural adaptation throughout their journey and resettlement
- Took a backpacking and sea kayaking course with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) based out of Narvik, Norway, in training to lead trips in more extreme environments
- Interned with the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network in Washington, D.C., to enhance communication, research, and teamwork skills; mentored high school students in a research project about policies and programs their schools could offer to support the academic and emotional well-being of GLBT students
- Conducted photographic journaling of health disparities in Guatemala through interviews with local women; studied Spanish, dance, and local weaving and beading techniques in Xela, Guatemala
- Interned with the Global Strategy Institute (GSI) of the Center for Strategic Studies in Washington, D.C.
- Studied Greek and Latin at University College Cork, in Cork, Ireland, in preparation for an Interdisciplinary Studies major in medieval and renaissance studies
- Pursued independent research on the perception of education opportunities among intergenerational black men in Little Rock, Ark.
- Interned with Global Rights India, an organization that works to expand women’s access to justice
- Volunteered with Help Argentina, a non-profit organization that assists low-income populations in the country’s northern Salta region.