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Belk Scholarship and other merit aid

homerdoghomerdog Registered User Posts: 1,405 Senior Member
Can anyone shed light on the stats needed to be considered for the Belk Scholarship or other merit aid from Davidson? I see on their website that they offer "general scholarships" as well as "application scholarships" and Belk.

They also offer the Pepper Visual Art Scholarship. Our S19 will have a portfolio of drawings, painting, and photography from his AP Studio Art class. Anyone have experience with this scholarship?

Replies to: Belk Scholarship and other merit aid

  • elena13elena13 Registered User Posts: 188 Junior Member
    My D was not able to apply for the Belk Scholarship because by the time I contacted her counselor in early September about being nominated by her high school, the school had already chosen the two students they would nominate. I never expected that I would have to ask about it in August! Anyway, D was notified this week that she was accepted to Davidson and is one of 5 finalists for the writing scholarship ($30,000/year) so she is very excited. I'm not sure if this is helpful or not, but she is top 5% of her very large class, has about 12 AP/IB classes, heavy theater involvement, and an ACT of 33 (34 SS). She had to submit a writing portfolio in addition to all the other stuff. No other "general scholarships" were awarded.
  • homerdoghomerdog Registered User Posts: 1,405 Senior Member
    Thanks, @elena13 ! So, the writing scholarship was separate and your daughter had to do more work to apply for it, correct? I kind of knew about the Belk and being nominated. Last year, only four kids applied from our high school but I think it's good to know that I'll need to talk to counselor early to make sure she would nominate him. Maybe I'll even put a little bird in her ear during junior year
  • elena13elena13 Registered User Posts: 188 Junior Member
    Yes, @homerdog that would be a good idea to let her know early. I had no idea that school's deadline would be so early and was naive in thinking others wouldn't be that interested in Davidson. The writing scholarship did require a 10-page writing portfolio and a statement about her writing. I think it was due soon after she applied.
  • homerdoghomerdog Registered User Posts: 1,405 Senior Member
    @elena13 thanks again. I did see that 11/1 is the deadline if you want to be considered for Belk.
  • Mupa97Mupa97 Registered User Posts: 6 New Member
    edited March 26
    "They also offer the Pepper Visual Art Scholarship. Our S19 will have a portfolio of drawings, painting, and photography from his AP Studio Art class. Anyone have experience with this scholarship?"

    As a matter of fact, yes. I'm the art scholar for the class of 2020 and I'd be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.
  • NeverwhereNeverwhere Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
    "Can anyone shed light on the stats needed to be considered for the Belk Scholarship or other merit aid from Davidson?"

    I was one of 30 Belk Scholar finalists for this year and a current Belk alternate, and I would also be happy to answer any questions you have.
  • collegeart1collegeart1 Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    @Neverwhere Can you message privately on this website? I'm an alternate for this year as well, and I want to know when we'll find out!
  • ChickenInTheCarChickenInTheCar Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    @Neverwhere @collegeart1 How did things turn out? Gathering intel for the coming year. Pls PM, thx!
  • homerdoghomerdog Registered User Posts: 1,405 Senior Member
    @Neverwhere @collegeart1 Me too! Visiting Davidson this spring break with S19. Now that he's got his SAT score from the August test, we can look in earnest.
  • gclsportsgclsports Registered User Posts: 288 Junior Member
    Here too. S18 has been nominated for Belk and just needs to finish up his essays before we can submit his application for admission..
  • homerdoghomerdog Registered User Posts: 1,405 Senior Member
    @gclsports So, your guidance counselor told you that your son was nominated? I was wondering how that works. I've already thrown it out there to S19's GC. The school just considers you from the regular application, though, right? Maybe it has to be in a little earlier for consideration?
  • gclsportsgclsports Registered User Posts: 288 Junior Member
    @homerdog My son spoke with his GC back in late August or early September and asked her to nominate him. She did, and he quickly (within a matter of days) received a confirmation from Davidson that he had been nominated. I don't know if there was any deadline for being nominated or not, but the deadline to apply for admission to Davidson if you want to be considered for Belk is 12/1. There isn't a separate Belk app, so once you're nominated for the scholarship, you just apply for admission.
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