Davidson College invites high schools and community-based organizations (both domestic and international) 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 beyond the classroom. 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 great flexibility in the on- and off-campus experiences scholars choose to explore. Those experiences, paired with our academic programs, deepen students' insight, maturity and understanding of global issues.​​​​​


Nominate a Student for the Belk Scholarship

School counselors, principals/heads of school, or college access program directors may nominate up to two candidates from each school.

Candidates may also be nominated by Davidson's admission committee on the basis of a strong application for admission.

Nominate a Student for the Belk Scholarship

Dates & Selection Process

  • November 1 - Nomination deadline.
  • November 15 - Application deadline for all Belk nominees (application for admission). We will accept all supporting documents, including recommendations, through November 30. View Davidson's application plans and requirements. Please note: application by this deadline does not necessarily imply a commitment to Early Decision.
  • Mid-February - Semifinalist notification and interviews.
  • Early March - Finalist notification.
  • March - Finalists will participate in interviews and events designed to provide a fuller sense of the Davidson community.
  • By April 1 - Belk Scholarship outcomes announced. 

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 our scholarships team.