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.

2022 Scholarship Winners

This year, we received a total of 89 applications. 28 of these made it to the statewide competition. This year’s essays were well thought out, educational, creative and delightful to read.   We had a difficult time narrowing the competition down to a winner and runners-up.

Virginia Plettner

The first place $3,000 winner this year is Virginia Plettner.  Virginia wrote a well-researched and informative essay about the Sardis Community of Mecklenburg County where she attends school and works a part-time job.  Virginia is from the Mecklenburg Committee area and attends Charlotte Christian School.  Virginia has great grades, is a member of the National Honor Society, was named student athlete of the week and helped care for her disabled grandfather who lived with her family.  The teacher who recommended Virginia wrote, “...Virginia is well respected among her peers.  She is mature, kind and polite.”

Read the essay here.

Margaret Moore

The second place $1000 award goes to Margaret Moore who wrote a well-researched paper about the history of the Sappony Tribe of Person county. Her paper emphasized the Sappony “are a group of people who should be celebrated, respected and recognized.” Margaret attends Eno River Academy in Orange County and is presented by the Durham-Orange Committee. She has excellent grades, is in three honor societies, including the National Honor Society and she served as a Governors Page. Her letter of recommendation states that Margaret is a “fast learner, ambitious leader, and important member to [her] community.”

Read the essay here.

Sam Ogburn

A third place $800 award goes to Sam Ogburn, presented by the Buncombe committee.  He wrote about the Hazel Creek Community and the town of Proctor which was flooded and overtaken during the building of the Fontana Dam.  Sam is in the top of his class, was awarded the SCC Student of Distinction Award, and invited to the National Technical Honors Society by his school President. 

Read the essay here.

Three $400 fourth place awards go to Ashlyn Hannon (read here) presented by the Rowan Committee,  Sarina Horner (read here) presented by the Forsyth Committee and  Samuel  Hoy (read here) presented by the Pamlico Committee.

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