The W. Thomas Smith Scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior of Davidson College in recognition of his or her outstanding academic achievement at Davidson, demonstrated leadership, and service to the community. The Smith Scholarship is designed to be similar to other prestigious postgraduate awards, such as Rhodes, Marshall, Luce, and Fulbright Scholarships, and will provide for all expenses to cover two consecutive semesters of study at a major university outside the United States. The scholarship was established by Tom Smith '48 of Greenville, South Carolina.

General Eligibility

Applicants must be in the top 10 percent of the graduating senior class by a date specified by the Fellowships & Scholarships program each year. Students of all majors are eligible as long as they intend to pursue graduate study at a major university outside of the United States during the upcoming academic year. Admission to the overseas university for the purposes of graduate study is the responsibility of each applicant and award recipient.

Application Process

Smith Scholarship candidates must apply through a campus application process. This process requires a complete application packet, letters of recommendation, an online waiver, and an on-campus interview.

The scholarship recipient will be asked to complete a report focusing on the scholarship study and related experiences. The report should be received by the Fellowships & Scholarships Program by June 1 of the scholarship year.

Learn More

For more information, contact the Fellowships and Scholarships Program, Center for Career Development, at or schedule a fellowships & scholarships advising appointment with Gaylena Merritt, Assistant Director for Fellowships & Scholarships, through Handshake (login required).

Davidson Smith Scholars

2019 - Aman Madan (SOAS University of London)
2018 - Erica Shook (University College London)
2017 - Alyssa Bryan (London School of Economics)
2016 - Matthew Schlerf (Ensemble Theater at Rose Bruford College of Theatre & Performance, London)
2015 - Aric Reviere (Courtauld Institute of Art, London)
2014 - Sarah Gustafson (University College London & Queen Mary University London)
2013 - Chadwick Harper (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland)
2012 - Anna Van Hollen (London School of Economics)
2011 - Kimberly Larkin (Université Libre Bruxelles)
2010 - Karen Hasty (University of Cambridge)