Florence Kidder Memorial Scholarship

The Florence Kidder Memorial Scholarship (FKMS) honors the memory of the first president of the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of North Carolina, Florence Hill Kidder. $3,000 is awarded annually to a high school senior who plans to attend a college or university in North Carolina. The runner-up receives $1,000. The scholarship is not renewable and is awarded every year to a different applicant.

Requirements for Scholarship Application

Students desiring to be considered for a Florence Kidder Memorial Scholarship must have the following materials completed and submitted by midnight February 5, 2017.

  1. A completed application form answering all questions. 
  2. A separate listing of extracurricular activities, honors, community work and work experience.
  3. A current photograph.
  4. An unofficial transcript of grades, including first semester senior courses if possible and current GPA.
  5. A letter of recommendation from one of the student’s teachers in pdf format.
  6. Original essay of 500 to 700 words on the following subject:

2017 Essay Topic:
Spotlight on Early Immigration

Our country owes so much to the different people who have immigrated.  For your essay, choose a people-group (or even an individual person) who arrived prior to 1770 in any of the 13 original colonies of the United States and find out about their experiences.  Some ideas are: Scots-Irish, Highland Scot, English, German, Dutch, Swiss, African, Caribbean, Huguenot, Presbyterian, Moravian, Quaker, Puritan, or any other group that you wish to highlight.
Be sure to describe:
  • Group’s characteristics (economic factors, beliefs, behaviors, etc.)
  • From where they originated and why they left
  • Their path of migration (point of entry, migration through the colonies, some of the places that they ended up)
  • What conditions were like in their new location
  • Any signs of their legacy in the present-day
  • Your personal reactions to this information
Remember to document from where you obtained a particular piece of information, including citations within the body of your paper and a list of works consulted at the end.  


The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of merit of the individual essay (75%), scholarship and character (20%), and need (5%). 

Questions? More information?

Email:  fkidderscholarship@ncdames.org.

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 Lolita Cox photograph
Lolita Cox, first recipient of the Florence Kidder Memorial Scholarship, founded in 1923.

2017 Scholarship

This year, the NSCDA-NC's Florence Kidder Memorial Scholarship (FKMS) received a total of 106 applications.  31 of these made it to the statewide competition.  Many of the finalists represent the top of their classes and have taken rigorous coursework.  According to the FKMS Chairman Martha Alexander, this year’s essays were especially strong and interesting, making it difficult to pick a winner and runner-up.  Fortunately, the scholarship program received some additional, unexpected funding, making it possible to award third, fourth and fifth place winners.

Railey Pitts
of Burke County NC, first place recipient of the 2017 Florence Kidder Memorial Scholarship, wrote an essay about the influence of Moravian immigrants.

Lizbeth Turrubiartes of Madison County NC, second place recipient of the 2017 Florence Kidder Memorial Scholarship, wrote an essay on the Quakers.

Third, fourth and fifth place winners (respectively): MacKenzie R. Morgan of New Hanover County, Grace Price of Buncombe County, and Hannah Bennett of Cabarrus County.

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