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  • Change Agents

    "I don't want the younger generations in Tunisia to go to a class where they feel afraid of teachers or where they go out of fear and not out of love of learning. I want teachers to feel empowered and enjoy their role in society, which would eventually affect students positively."

    ~ Mariem Bchir '20, on her work to develop teacher training programs in her home country.

    Mariem Bchir sits on the steps in the Alvarez College Union
  • Challenge Seekers

    "I have learned the incredible responsibility in speaking of, or for, another's struggle and that any attempt to do so does not come without complications. However, I also recognize the importance in sharing what I have seen and been given to a larger audience."

    ~ Chase Conrad '18, on his experience studying environmental degradation and indigenous marginalization in Indonesia.

    Chase Conrad in the woods
  • Intellectual Explorers

    "The chance to start teaching right now is still unbelievable to me, particularly with a program whose ideals align so closely with mine. I hope to grow in my teaching skills and learn about my strengths and weaknesses in a classroom, as well as to study what other parts of the education field would be worthwhile for me to consider."

    ~ Bethany Kirkpatrick '19, on her teaching fellowship with Breakthrough Collaborative.

    Bethany Kirkpatrick works on a project
  • Servant Leaders

    "For my grandparents, who immigrated to the United States from Iran in the 1960s, their foreign culture wasn't fully accepted in American society at first. At Davidson, I am humbled by the fact that I can express myself unconditionally and I want to ensure that all students on this campus feel empowered to express their identities however they choose."

    ~Alex Soltany '18, on his decision to run for student body president.

    Alex Soltany does work in a lab

Nomination & Selection Process

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.


  • 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. 9

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: Dec. 3

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 21-23, 2019

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.   

Additional Information

For questions or additional information, please contact:

Gardner Roller Ligo
Director of Merit Programs