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. Some recent scholars have: 

  • 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
  • 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 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 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
  • 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

Meet the Belk Scholars

Belk Scholars are intellectual explorers with experiences that reflect a varied range of interests, talents and achievements. Learn more about how current and alumni Belk Scholars act as change agents and servant leaders to make an impact on the world around them.

Meet The Belk Scholars