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Profile of Current Belk Scholars in the Davidson Student Body

October 6, 2000
CONTACT: Meg Kimmel 704/894-2242 or mekimmel@davidson.edu

Trey Davis

Trey Davis-Class of 2001
Winston-Salem, N.C.
English major
Campus activities: Acting in theater department stage productions, rugby player, contributing a weekly crossword puzzle to The Davidsonian student newspaper.

"Mr. Belk's generosity to Davidson has been very inspiring and humbling. There are so many other students here who are equally deserving of the gift. I try not to take my blessings for granted, and to make the most of my time at Davidson."

Luke Farmer-Class of 2004
Rome, Ga.
Political science major
Luke Farmer

Campus activities: Member of the student advisory committee of the Dean Rusk Program in International Studies; member of Sanctuary, a Christian-based social justice and service organization; volunteer for the Adopt-a-Grandparent program; singer in the Concert Choir and Chamber Singers; member of the Davidson Finance and Investment Association; Ultimate Frisbee team player.

"The Belk Scholarship led me to consider Davidson seriously from all sides, and helped me to discover exactly what it was about the college I had always admired. As the college application process drew to a close, many of my friends doubted whether they had chosen the right school. But the Belk Scholarship made my choice obvious. It acted as a calling, a reassurance that Davidson was where I belonged. I am truly grateful that the Belk Scholarship Foundation has so generously provided the means for me to attend Davidson."

Kate Giguere

Kate Giguere-Class of 2004
Greenville, S.C.
Undecided major
Campus activities: Crew team member; Volunteer for the Project Life bone marrow registration drive, and the Faith, Hope & Love community mentoring program; Davidson Ambassadors admissions office assistant.

"The Belk Scholars Program exemplifies the commitment of Davidson alumni to their alma mater. Their loyalty evolves through relationships developed in the Davidson atmosphere: relationships with the faculty, staff, and the college itself. Through his generosity, Mr. Belk has established himself as a true role model to me--a man with professional prowess and a generous heart. The scholarship recognizes and rewards my efforts in leadership and volunteerism in high school. But more importantly, it encourages and challenges me to continue to contribute in my new community at Davidson. I am excited to be a part of this active, vital, philanthropic group, and look forward to exploring ways in which I can make a positive impact."

Aaron Houck

Aaron Houck-Class of 2002
Charlotte, N.C.
Double major in economics and political science
Campus activities: Co-editor-in-chief of The Davidsonian student newspaper; club tennis player; organizer of Pre-Law Society mock trials.

"It was the manner in which Davidson treated me as a prospective Belk scholar that convinced me to attend. Through hand-written letters and close personal contact with admission officers, I knew they cared about me as a person and wanted me to be at Davidson. It was not long after that when I realized I wanted be here, too! I cannot thank Mr. Belk and Davidson enough for the opportunity. College is expensive, but I now do not have to worry about financial matters. This gift that was so generously given to me has enabled me to make the most of my time at Davidson, and I will reap the benefits for the rest of my life."

Dana Paquin-Class of 2002
Dana Paquin

New Bern, N.C.
Double major in mathematics and physics, or mathematics and history
Campus activities: Member of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Club-level tennis and soccer player; Math Center tutor.

"The Belk Scholarship has meant a great deal to me. Without it, I wouldn't have been able to attend Davidson. I knew that I would be able to pursue my academic goals here, but I've also met a wonderful group of people among my fellow scholars who will be lifelong friends. I'm so thankful for the scholarship that brought me here."

Susannah Powell

Susannah Powell-Class of 2004
Richmond, Va.
Probable major in political science with an international relations concentration and a French minor
Campus activities: Member of the student advisory committee of the Dean Rusk Program in International Studies; Habitat for Humanity volunteer; tutor in the homework lab; assistant stage manager for drama productions.

"The weather was cold, rainy, and horrible the weekend I was here for Belk Scholarship interviews. But the people I met, both students and professors, were so incredibly friendly and positive about the school that I knew this was the place in which I wanted to live and study for the next four years. I would not have been able financially to enroll at Davidson without the Belk Scholarship. I am grateful because it has been the key to so many unique experiences already--the chance to watch Russian movies, to discuss Molière and the Bible, and to complain about calculus over Ben and Jerry's sundaes with friends from across the nation and around the world."

Matt Whited

Matt Whited-Class of 2004
Raleigh, NC
Undecided major
Campus activities: Pianist with the Jazz Ensemble; crew team member; guitar player for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship worship service; photographer for the Davidsonian student newspaper.

"Davidson was my number one choice before I found out anything about scholarships, but my family wasn't sure that it would work out financially for me to attend. Receiving the Belk Scholarship has meant that I can attend my dream college without financial worries, so I have the time to get involved in as many ways as possible around campus."

Katie Wilson-Class of 2003
Oak Ridge, Tennessee
Katie Wilson

Probable major in economics with a concentration in international studies
Campus activities: Chairman of the Union Board speakers committee; co-editor of the Dean Rusk Program in International Studies journal PRIMA (Perspectives on International and Multicultural Affairs); founding member of the Co-Ho coed eating house; member of the campus forums committee, Young Democrats, Amnesty International.

"The Belk Scholarship helps signify that Davidson values the qualities I have worked hard to attain, and that I am welcome here. The Belk Scholarship has instilled in me a sense of responsibility to the campus, a resolve to make the college's investment worthwhile. It also gave me the confidence to take advantage of opportunities here. I was also able to participate in a Davidson summer program and concentrate fully on my studies during the academic year rather than worry about finding a summer job and a work-study position."

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