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.

  • Two scholarships will be awarded in one year: First place – $3,000 and Runner-up – $1,000.
  • 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 2019.
  • See the Application Procedure below.


One $3,000 award; runner-up award of $1,000

Application Procedure

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

2019 Essay Topic:
North Carolina in the Revolutionary War

Most counties in North Carolina have revolutionary sites or historical highway markers depicting events that date back to revolutionary times.  Please locate a site or marker in or near your county and expound on the event that took place.  Your essay should be about the revolutionary war era, events leading up to it or soon after the war ended.  Why did you pick this particular site or marker? Who were the people involved?  How did the event affect the outcome of the war?  What remains at the site today?   Where is the site/marker located?  If feasible, a picture of the site/marker attached to your essay would be appreciated.

These are two books among others that may help you pick your topic:
  • A Guidebook to Revolutionary Sites in North Carolina by Patricia Brown Moss and Jeffrey J. Crow
  • Guide to North Carolina Highway Historical Markers published by Raleigh, North Carolina, Dept. of Cultural Resources, Division of Archives and History
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 submitted online is February 3, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. or if by mail, postmarked by February 3, 2019.

Additional Information

The awards will be announced in late March or early April 2019.

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.

2019 Scholarship Winners

This year, the Florence Kidder Memorial Scholarship received a total of 76 applications of which 23 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.

Jacelyn Matthias photo

The winner of the $3,000 first place scholarship is Jacelyn Matthias, who wrote about the battle at Moore’s Creek Bridge. Jacelyn attended Pender High School in Pender County.  Jacelyn wrote a clever diary entry as if she were a soldier fighting for the Revolution during the Battle of Moore’s Creek Bridge.  Jacelyn will attend NC State University and has applied for the prestigious Park Scholarship.  The teacher who recommended Jacelyn wrote, “Jacelyn is one of the best students I have taught…Her character is beyond reproach.” 

Read the First Place Essay...

Jonathan Shropshire photo

The second place $1000 award goes to Jonathan Shropshire who wrote a well-researched paper about the Battle of Cowan’s Ford.  His paper made the events that took place during the battle come to life.  Jonathan attended Charlotte Christian School in Mecklenburg County and has an excellent academic record.  He has a long list of activities including Varsity Soccer, the National Honor Society and international mission trips to Ethiopia and Nicaragua.  Jonathan’s counselor wrote, “He is a natural in the classroom…his strength of character will make him a fine representative of your program.”  He plans to attend North Carolina State University in Raleigh.

Read the second place essay...

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