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.

2018 Scholarship Winners

This year, the NSCDA-NC's Florence Kidder Memorial Scholarship (FKMS) received a total of 101 applications, from which  22 made it to the statewide competition.  According to the FKMS Chairman Louise Ripple, this year’s essays were especially strong and interesting, making it difficult to pick a winner and runner-up.  Fortunately, donations to the scholarship fund in memory of Pat Crittenden - a descendant of Florence Kidder - again made it possible to award third and fourth place winners.

Julia Fish, who wrote about the Regulator Movement, received the first place award. Julia currently attends Orange High School and will attend UNC Chapel Hill, Appalachian State or UNC Wilmington.
Read the First Place Essay...

Hannah Bauswell was awarded the second place scholarship for her essay, "Thomas Day: Craftsman of the Piedmont Triad." Hannah is a student at Caldwell Academy in Guilford County and plans to attend UNC Chapel Hill.
Read the second place essay...

Third and fourth place winners are (respectively): Devontae Harrison of Winston-Salem, and Anne Craybill of Chapel Hill.

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