Nomination Scholarships, the most competitive awards Davidson offers, recognize and reward students who rank among the strongest in the nation.

You must be nominated for consideration. Heads of school or college counselors may nominate one or two candidate(s) per school or program for the Belk Scholarship, and up to three candidates for the Bryan Scholarship or the Charles Scholarship. You may also be nominated by our admission and financial aid staff on the basis of your strong application for admission.

Nomination Scholarships are renewable for each of your remaining three years at Davidson, providing established grade point average and progress toward degree requirements are met, and you participate fully and vigorously in the life of the college.

Learn more about requirements, find application forms, and read about upcoming deadlines:

John M. Belk Scholarship

Annual Award Amount: Comprehensive cost (tuition, fees, room and board) and two $3,000 special study stipends
Number Awarded: Up to eight in each first-year class
Eligibility: Students who demonstrate exceptional achievement and promise in academics, character, leadership, and service
Learn more: Visit the Belk website
Apply: Online Belk Nomination Form

Lowell L. Bryan Scholarship

Annual Award Amount: $35,000
Number Awarded: One female and one male scholar-athlete recipient in each first-year class
Eligibility: Students who will contribute in a superlative manner to their sports as well as to academic and co-curricular life at Davidson
Learn more: Visit the Bryan Scholarship website
Apply: Online Bryan Nomination Form

Charles Scholarship

Annual Award Amount: Full cost of attendance (room, board, tuition, fees, spending allowance for books, travel, personal expenses)
Number Awarded: Up to three in each first-year class
Eligibility: Graduates of Chicago public high schools with strong records of academic and personal accomplishment who have established financial need. Preference is given to students of color, particularly Hispanic and Latino students
Learn more: Visit the Charles Scholarship website
Apply: Online Charles Nomination Form

Norris Scholarship

Annual Award Amount: Full comprehensive cost (room, board, tuition, fees)
Number Awarded: One scholar in the student body
Eligibility: Outstanding student athletes with integrity, a strong work ethic, and excellent leadership qualities
Learn more: Next offered to a student in the Class of 2026
Apply: Students are nominated for consideration by their school or by the Davidson coach of their sport