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  plus special opportunity stipends that allow you great flexibility in the on- and off-campus experiences 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.

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Nominate a Student

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

Nominate a Student For The Belk Scholarship

Dates & Selection Process

  • Dec. 1- Nomination Deadline: 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.
  • Dec. 15- Admission Application Deadline: Application completion deadline for nominees. View Davidson's application options and learn more about applying to Davidson. Application by this deadline does not indicate a commitment to Early Decision.
  • Mid-February- Phone Interviews: Phone interviews will be conducted with semifinalists selected from the nominee pool.
  • March 18-20- Belk Selection Interviews: Finalists will participate in interviews conducted by selection committees composed of members of the Belk family, Davidson faculty and administrators, and current and past Belk Scholars.
  • April 1- Selection: Up to eight John M. Belk Scholars will be selected.   

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


For questions related to the Belk Scholarship, please contact Gardner Roller Ligo, Director of Merit Programs.