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 2021.
  • 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.

2021 Essay Topic:
A Glimpse into History

Please choose and describe a historical structure in or near your county that was built prior to the 20th century. Imagine a time capsule was buried there during the building of the structure and discovered today. What kinds of artifacts or writings were left in the capsule that would give us information about the area when the capsule was created? What hopes and ideals from that period in time would the creators of the capsule like us to know about?

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 7, 2021, at 11:59 p.m.

Additional Information

The awards will be announced in late March or early April 2021.

Note: Family members of current NSCDA-NC Officers, Board Members, and State Committee Chairmen 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.

2020 Scholarship Winners

This year, we received a total of 139 applications. 19 of these made it to the statewide competition. This year’s essays were well thought out, educational and delightful to read. It was very difficult to narrow the competition down to a winner and runner-up. Thankfully we had enough funds to allow a third place winner and three fourth place winners.

The first place $3,000 winner this year is Lucas Thomae who wrote about the preservation of historic Guilford College and the Underground Railroad Tree. The personal touches he added and the flow of his writing style showed his superior journalistic ability. Lucas is from the Guilford committee area and attends Grimsley High School. Lucas is an Eagle Scout, captain of the cross country team, junior marshal, member of the National Honor Society, amongst other honors and activities. Lucas will be attending UNC Chapel Hill’s school of journalism this fall. The teacher who recommended Lucas wrote, “Lucas has been one of my strongest students in a history class. He is an excellent candidate for a scholarship that honors Florence Hill Kidder.”

Read the essay here.

The second place $1000 award goes to Carley Lambeth who wrote a well-researched paper about the preservation of the 19th century Bostick Schoolhouse in Ellerbe, NC. Her paper emphasized the benefits of historical preservation and detailed the different uses of the building throughout time until its current preserved state. Carley attends Richmond Senior High School in Richmond County and is presented by the Pee-Dee committee. She has excellent grades, was a junior marshal, is a member of the National Honor Society and the Beta Club and devotes her free time helping others through her church and community. Carley’s volleyball and soccer coach wrote, “In all my dealings with Carley she has shown to be a young woman of character, intelligence, and talent.” Carly has applied to many fine colleges and universities in North Carolina.

Read the essay here.

A third place $800 award goes to Sarah Mathis, presented by the Forsyth Committee. She wrote a very enjoyable and thoroughly researched essay about Salem Academy and College and the education of all women. Sarah has won the Teacher’s Choice Award at Reagan High School for three consecutive years recognizing students who make a profound impact on their teachers’ lives. She will be attending Appalachian State University.

Read the essay here.

Three $400 fourth place awards go to Abbey Dunnigan presented by the Lenoir-Pitt Committee (Read here), Allison Tippin presented by the Durham-Orange Committee (Read here), and Lan Truong presented by the Guildford Committee (Read here).

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