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.

  • Six scholarships will be awarded in one year: First place - $3,000, second place - $1,000, third place - $800 and three fourth places - $400.
  • Scholarships are not renewable.
  • Awarded to a high school senior who plans to attend a post-secondary institution in North Carolina.


To be considered, a candidate must:

  • Be a high school senior who is planning on matriculating into a postsecondary program in North Carolina beginning in the fall of 2022.
  • See the Application Procedure below.


First place - $3,000, second place - $1,000, third place - $800 and three fourth places - $400.

Application Procedure

  1. A completed application form answering all questions and supplying all requested documents.
  2. An original essay of 500 to 700 words on the subject below.

2022 Essay Topic:
Ordinary Folk: How They Shaped Their Communities in North Carolina

Our North Carolina counties had many pioneers and natives who were stalwarts in their communities and helped shape them. They were not famous and not often found in history books. They were just common settlers of our state who fought for our country, lived as good citizens in their communities, farmed the land, made beautiful quilts and furniture, led local militias, founded local churches, were teachers, etc. The essay should address a particular family, person, or community of early North Carolinians who shaped your local or a surrounding county. What were their habits, traditions, educational opportunities, jobs, entertainment, skills, etc.?  What evidence do you see today that was left by these early citizens? Local museums and historical societies would be a good place to begin your research. The Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts and NCPedia are two other good sources for beginning your research.

Remember you must 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%). 


The deadline of all materials to be submitted online is February 6, 2022, at 11:59 p.m.

Additional Information

The awards will be announced in late March or early April 2022.

Note: Family members of current NSCDA-NC Officers, Board Members, and State Committee Chairs are not eligible to apply.

Questions? More information?

Email:  [email protected]

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

2021 Scholarship Winners

This year, we received a total of 104 applications. 25 of these made it to the statewide competition. This year’s essays were well thought out, educational and delightful to read.   We had a difficult time narrowing the competition down to a winner and runners-up during this very strange year for us all, especially for these remarkable young people.   Thankfully we had enough funds to allow a third-place winner and three fourth-place winners.

The first-place winner this year is Samantha Corduan, who wrote about James Iredell, Sr., and his accomplishments in helping found our country.  The items in her imagined time capsule, found in Iredell’s still standing home, paint a picture of history in Edenton, NC.  Samantha is from the Albemarle Committee area and attends Lawrence Academy in Bertie County.  She has excellent grades, was chief junior marshal, is a Tarheel Girls State delegate, and has been captain of the volleyball, soccer and basketball teams at her school.  The teacher who recommended Samantha wrote: “Samantha displays all the qualities of an excellent student, regardless of discipline.”  Upon learning that she had won first place, Samantha declined the monetary award since she is going to an out-of-state school.

Read the essay here.

The second-place $1000 award goes to Kasey Spease, who wrote a well-researched paper about the history of Barber-Scotia College, a Historically Black College founded after the Civil War in Concord, NC.  Her paper emphasized hope for the future unity of all, which some of the items found in her imagined time capsule represented.  Kasey attends Hickory Ridge High School in Cabarrus County and is presented by the Cabarrus Committee.  She has excellent grades, is in the top 10% of her class, is a member of the National Honor Society and the Beta Club, is a varsity softball player and devotes her free time to helping others through her church and community.  Kasey will be attending Lees-McRae College.  

Read the essay here.

A third-place $800 award goes to Stephen London, presented by the Rowan Committee.  He wrote about the Spencer Shops, a railroad maintenance hub built in 1896 outside of Salisbury, NC, and now a museum.  His imaginary capsule contained among other items, an engineer’s hat which Stephen says was an honor to wear in the early days of the Spencer Shops.  Stephen is in the top of his class, is captain of the football team, and an excellent leader. As Stephen states, he also “has an extreme passion for trains.”

Read the essay here.

Three $400 fourth place awards go to Hailee Reinke (Read Here) presented by the Albemarle Committee and Ashley Habig (Read Here) and LauriAnne Ray (Read Here), both presented by the Wake Committee.

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