Frequently Asked Questions

Red Hat Shelton Challenge – Application Process 

Q: When do applications open? When do they close?

A: Applications open online in early November for the coming summer. We review completed applications on a first-come, first-serve rolling admission basis. Our session weeks have filled as early as February, and all sessions are filled by mid-April. Students are encouraged to apply as soon as applications open to allow ample time for submission of all materials. Applications do not close. Students can continue to apply for the wait list even if sites are filled.

Q: What forms of payment are accepted?

A:  We accept cash, check or money order.
Unfortunately, we are unable to accept credit cards, online payments or wire transfers.

Q:  Where do I send payments? To whom are checks made out?

A:  Checks or money orders can be mailed to:

Shelton Leadership Center
NC State University
Campus Box 7133
Raleigh, NC 27695-7133

* Make checks to: Red Hat Shelton Challenge

*In the memo line, please write the student’s name and first choice session dates.

Q: Who can serve as a reference?

A: Any non-family member can serve as a reference. Additionally, references can be changed from those listed on the student application. Simply send the online link to the student’s references. We can match references to student files easily.

Red Hat Challenge – Expected Outcomes

Q: What are the expected outcomes for students participating in the Challenge programs?

A: Expected outcomes for students include:

  • Model General Hugh Shelton’s values-based leadership principles and traits inclusive of honesty, integrity, compassion, social responsibility and diversity.
  • Assess baselined leadership skills and preferred practices using Kouzes and Posner’s “Leadership Practices Inventory” and a 360 degree reflective model with the incorporation of assigned leadership roles and responsibilities during the week.
  • Identify important leadership traits and competencies such as interpersonal skills, leadership styles, needs and skills assessment, teamwork, goal orientation, motivating others, personal presence and public speaking, ethical decision making and changing behaviors.
  • Engage in a youth-adult mentoring civic engagement model to enhance appreciation for social responsibility and intergenerational respect.
  • Develop and practice skills related to self and team reflection to better understand deeper meanings while relating current experiences to future applications with the ultimate intent of continuous personal-quality improvement.
  • Prepare a leadership self-development plan for accomplishment of short-term objectives and life-long goals.

Red Hat Shelton Challenge – Accepted Students

Q: When is my balance due?

A: Any remaining balance must be received prior to the first day of the session.

Q: When is check-in? When is graduation?

A: Check-in is typically around noon on the first day of the session. This can vary by location, so be sure to read your registration materials carefully.
Graduation is typically around 4pm on the final day of the session. Again, this can vary by location and session.
Each student will receive a letter outlining all logistics approximately one month in advance of the session start date.

Red Hat Shelton Challenge – General Questions

Q: Are there ways for my student to stay involved after their Challenge experience?

A: The Shelton Center has worked to develop multiple ways for students to stay involved after their initial Challenge week. The first option is to register and attend the Shelton Challenge Take-II program. The Take-II program focuses on project management and group leadership through implementation of a specific mission. Past Take-II projects have included building an amphitheater, a volleyball court, as well as a nature trail for local community partners. Take-II applications open in November, but space is limited and the session fills quickly. It is highly recommended that students apply as soon as possible to secure space in the Take-II week.

The Center also offers a host of additional involvement pathways:

Challenge Planning Committee – The planning committee meets three times through the fall/winter to review program feedback and suggest changes for the coming year.

 Attending additional Center programs – Throughout the year, there are multiple programs open for Challenge graduates including a professional development seminar in October, the annual Shelton Leadership Forum in November, and the Shelton Mid-Year Conference in March.

Applying to serve on staff – Each summer, the Challenge program relies on volunteers to serve on staff. The Peer Leader role is available for high-school aged graduates of the program while the Coach, Mentor, Trainer role is for college-aged volunteers. Staff applications are due in December for Peer Leaders and January for CMTs. More information about the staff selection process can be found on the Staff Applications page.

Options for high school seniors – The Shelton Center is proud to select a Shelton National Scholar each year. This is one of the USA’s most prestigious scholarships for student leaders. It is awarded to an entering freshman, valued at $10,000 per year, renewable upon satisfactory academic progress and leadership involvement. The application opens on August 1st. Deadline for high school seniors to submit the online application to the General H. Hugh Shelton Leadership Center is no later than 5:00 p.m. November 1 of each year.

Options for NC State students – As an undergraduate student at NC State, there are also continued options for connection with the Center. For students on campus, the Center offers academic-credit courses in critical thinking and creative decision making (SLC-250), a recognized student organization (the Shelton Student Ambassadors), and  college scholarship opportunities.

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