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. $3,000 is awarded annually to a high school senior who plans to attend a post- secondary institution in North Carolina. The runner-up receives $1,000. The scholarship is not renewable and is awarded every year to a different applicant.

Requirements for Scholarship Application

Students desiring to be considered for a Florence Kidder Memorial Scholarship must have the following materials completed and submitted by 11:59 on February 4, 2018, or postmarked February 4, 2018 if mailed.

  1. A completed application form answering all questions. 
  2. A separate listing of extracurricular activities, honors, community work and work experience.
  3. A current photograph.
  4. An unofficial transcript of grades, including first semester senior courses if possible and current GPA.
  5. A letter of recommendation from one of the student’s teachers in pdf format.
  6. Original essay of 500 to 700 words on the following subject:

2018 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 lived during colonial times through the mid-19th century and shaped your local or a surrounding county.  What were their habits, traditions, educational opportunities, jobs, entertainment, skills, etc.?  Can you find any remaining evidence 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 www.NCPedia.com are two other good sources for beginning your research.

Remember to 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 awards will be announced in late March or early April 2018.

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]

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 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.

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.

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

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