Asheville School senior Chris Amoroso of Charlotte received Davidson College’s esteemed John Montgomery Belk Scholarship. There are only eight Belk Scholars named each year from applicants across the world.
The Belk Scholarship provides full funding for room and board, fees and tuition, and provides two $3,000 special study stipends “to support intellectual, personal, and leadership development,” according to the scholarship website.
Belk Scholars selected this year were from a pool of 1,122 students nominated by high schools in 46 states and 27 countries —making the Belk Scholarship one of the most competitive scholarships in the country, according to Gardner Roller Ligo, Davidson College’s director of merit programs.
The John M. Belk Scholarship is awarded to students who demonstrate academic excellence, intellectual curiosity, and commitment to their community.
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Associate Director of the College Office Burke Rogers says that this is a well-deserved recognition for Amoroso.
“We are very pleased that Davidson College saw the same qualities in Chris that we have come to know and respect over the past four years,” Rogers said. “He cares about the people around him and treats everyone as he hopes to be treated. He does not seek out the limelight, but he carries the responsibility of leadership with grace and poise. Davidson is getting our best.”
During Asheville School’s May 27 Commencement Ceremony, Amoroso earned Ranking Scholar, an award presented to the senior who earned the highest grade point average of his or her class. Amoroso was also presented with awards for excellence in American Studies-History, AP Statistics, and AP Spanish VI Literature. He won the George Jackson Headmaster’s Prize by vote of the faculty because he captures the essence of the hopes and dreams Asheville School has for all students.
Asheville School is a co-ed, college preparatory boarding and day school for students in grades 9 through 12.