The Belk Experience
From the Davidson campus to cities around the world, the John M. 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
While traveling abroad and throughout the U.S., our scholars gain insight, knowledge and life experience. Recent scholars have done the following.
- Examined sustainable development in EU nations (Germany, France, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, and Greece)
- Studied Arabic language and culture in Jordan
- 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
- 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 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
- 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
- Attended the International Symposium for Directors at La Mama Umbria in Spoleto, Italy - a gathering of artists from around the world for the exploration and creation of avant-garde theatre
- Interned with Margo Siegel PR in New York City–a boutique public relations firm with offices in both LA and New York City
- 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
- Participated in research on social and probabilistic inference studies with children and on how children form autobiographical memories at Berkeley's Early Learning Lab (BELL)
- 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
- Participated in a summer innovation lab centered on issues of shelter in Cape Town, South Africa through the School for International Training (SIT)
- Analyzed the socioeconomic determinants and motivations of Chinese women's utilization of infertility treatment, specifically focusing on Chinese medicine (TCM) and assisted reproductive technology (ART) (Shanghai at Fudan University)
- Interned with the Global Strategy Institute (GSI) of the Center for Strategic Studies in Washington, D.C.
- Directed a health and wellness program for the students of Kepler Rwanda, an innovative NGO that helps top students from East Africa earn online degrees from American Universities
- Participated in a Summerbridge Program in Hong Kong, teaching writing and poetry analysis to disadvantaged Chinese students
- 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
Meet Past Belk Scholars
Belk Scholars are some of the most talented students you will encounter on campus, with experiences that reflect a varied and sometimes surprising range of interests, talents and achievements.
Summer in Spoleto
Theatre Major Matthew Schlerf '16 used his Belk study stipend to explore avant garde theatre at the International Symposium for Directors at La Mama Umbria in Spoleto, Italy.