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 North Carolina high school senior who is planning on matriculating into a postsecondary program in North Carolina beginning in the fall of 2024.
  • 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.

2024 Essay Topic:
North Carolina in the Revolutionary War


Most counties in North Carolina have revolutionary sites or historical highway
markers depicting events or people 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 or the person it depicts. Your essay should be about the revolutionary
war era, events leading up to it or soon after the war’s end, including the people or
persons involved.

Remember to include in your essay:

- Why did you pick this specific site or marker?
- Who were the people involved?
- How did the event affect the outcome of the war?
- As you researched the complete history highlighted on the marker, what were your
impressions of the people, place and events and their relation to the founding of the new nation?
- How do you think the actions of those involved would be viewed today and why?
- What remains at the site today?
- Where is the site/marker located?

Please include a picture of the marker.

These are some resources, amongst 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. Please include a minimum of 3 resources in your work.

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 5, 2024, at 11:59 p.m.

Additional Information

The awards will be announced in late March or early April 2024.

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].

 Lolita Cox photograph
Lolita Cox, first recipient of the Florence Kidder Memorial Scholarship, founded in 1923.

2023 Scholarship Winners

This year, we received a total of 122 applications. Twenty-seven of these made it to the statewide competition. This year’s winning essays were very thoughtful, educational, creative and a delight to read. It was difficult to narrow down the choices.

The first place $3,000 winner this year is David Selva. David wrote an interesting and informative essay about the Gullah Geechee culture that stretches from St. Augustine to Wilmington. He capitalized on the lasting influence the culture has had on the area. David’s nomination comes from the New Hanover County Committee. He attends Isaac Bear Early College High School. David is an excellent student with a desire to learn. He is a member of the National Honor Society, is on the Dean’s list at UNCW through dual enrollment, and volunteers regularly in the community while working part time. He values his education and is very self-driven to learn, even teaching himself language concepts by watching movies as a young child who lived for a time with family in Nicaragua, returning to America in elementary school.

Read the essay here.

The second place $1000 award goes to Sydney Bristow-Smith. Sydney’s nomination comes from the Wilson-Edgecombe Committee. She wrote on the history of the Scottish settlers of the Piedmont. Sydney used for inspiration her very own family history. Her inspiration originated with the writing of her great grandmother, who chronicled the family genealogy in a self-published book. Sydney attends Edgecombe Early College High School. She is on track to become a teacher, and from all accounts loves teaching and spends hours tutoring younger students, especially in math. Sydney credits her love of math to one of her teachers, who spent hours with her in the early days helping her after school until she mastered the concept. This teacher says about Sydney “I have been teaching math for 15 years, and Sydney is by far one of the most sincere, hardworking and dedicated students I have ever had.”

Read the essay here.

A third place $800 award goes to Victoria Hall, presented by the Wake Committee. Victoria wrote on a unique topic, the tobacco brides of Jamestown. Victoria attends Leesville Road High School in Raleigh. She loves reading and theater and is a member of the National Honor Society. She is in the top ten of her class of 616. She is very involved in the community and in clubs in the high school she attends, all the while working part time.

Read the essay here.

Three $400 fourth place awards go to Anthony Taylor (read here) presented by the Guilford Committee, Zlata Bogdanova DeCarvalho (read here) presented by the Durham-Orange Committee and Addison Massey (read here) presented by the Pee Dee Committee.

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