Davidson College invites high schools from across the country and abroad to nominate outstanding students with extraordinary potential to compete for the John M. Belk Scholarship.

A candidate’s record and recommendations must demonstrate academic excellence and purposeful engagement in the classroom, in student and civic organizations, on the athletic field, or in the arts. While academic achievement is paramount, Belk Scholars also exhibit intellectual curiosity and a commitment to both their local and global communities.

The Belk Scholarship provides comprehensive funding ($67,794 for the 2019-20 academic year) plus special study stipends that allow you great flexibility in the on- and off-campus opportunities you choose to explore. Those experiences, paired with our academic programs, deepen your intellect, maturity, and global understanding.


  • Guidance counselors, heads of school, or principals may nominate one or two candidate(s) from each school. Our admission staff may also nominate students based on the strength of their application for admission. Information about the nomination and selection process, including deadlines for nominations, is included below.

  • To make a nomination, complete the online nomination form. Nominations must also include a recommendation letter, transcript, and school profile.

Dates & Selection Process

Nomination Deadline—Nov. 1: Nominations must be made by this date by completing the online nomination form and submitting the required documentation (recommendation letter and transcript) to Admission and Financial Aid.

Application Deadline—Nov 22: Application completion deadline for nominees. View Davidson's application options and learn more about how to apply. Application by this deadline does not indicate a commitment to Early Decision.

Phone Interviews—Mid-February: Phone interviews will be conducted with semifinalists selected from the nominee pool.

Campus Interviews—March 19-21, 2020: Finalists will visit Davidson for Belk Scholars Weekend to participate in interviews conducted by selection committees composed of members of the Belk family, Davidson faculty and administrators, and current and past Belk Scholars.

Selection—April 1: Up to eight John M. Belk Scholars will be selected.   

Belk Scholar Videos

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.

Belk Scholars and Alumni Videos

    For questions or additional information, please contact:

    Gardner Roller Ligo
    Director of Merit Programs