Society Awards Two Scholarships PDF Print Email
Written by Allen, Joy   
Thursday, June 02, 2016 03:40 PM

Holt McKeithan of Washington emerged as the first place winner of the 2016 Florence Kidder Memorial Scholarship and received a $3,000 award to attend UNC Chapel Hill. The second-place winner, Maren Morris of High Point, received $1,000.

Forty-six high school students from around the state applied for the scholarship. Of these, sixteen went on to compete on the statewide level, some winning monetary awards on the county level. 

The scholarship was awarded based on the merit of the students’ original essays (75%), scholarship and character (20%), and need (5%).

The essays written by McKeithan and Morris demonstrated a deep understanding of the historical accounts that were required reading. Both candidates received glowing recommendations from their teachers. They also exhibit great academic promise and great character.  

Established in 1923, the Florence Kidder Memorial Scholarship  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.


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2016 Essay Topic

Examine the following accounts written by people who lived during the time in which Carolina was just beginning to be explored and settled by the English:

  • Robert Horne: “A Brief Description of the Province of Carolina.” (1666), p.63-74.  

  • Thomas Newe: “Letters of Thomas Newe.” (1682), p.177-188.  

  • Samuel Wilson: “An Account of the Province of Carolina” (1682), p.161-175.  

  • Hilton, William.  “A Relation of a Discovery.”  (1664), p.31-62.  

Found in: Salley, Alexander S. Jr., ed.  Narratives of Early Carolina 1650-1708.  Original Narratives of Early American History.  J. Franklin Jameson, gen. ed.  New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1911.

In your essay, describe what life was like during this time in history, emphasizing the challenges faced by those who were present, including early European settlers and native peoples. You may wish to consider (but you are not limited to): landscape, natural resources, weather, climate; interpersonal relations (both within and across groups of people); disease; availability of food, resources, equipment; challenges of convincing others to come settle, etc.