Each year, the Shelton Leadership Center awards deserving students educational scholarships to promote the Center’s mission: “To inspire, educate, and develop values-based leaders committed to personal integrity, professional ethics, and selfless service.”

Scholarship recipients become part of a growing community of Shelton Scholars dedicated to the high ideals of General Shelton and our Center. Our Scholars have the privilege of meeting national leaders at various events and participating in enrichment opportunities that include global service projects and studying abroad.

All scholarship applicants must either be applying to NC State University or be enrolled in the university, depending upon the individual scholarship.



Shelton National Leadership Scholarship

This scholarship for student leaders awards two or three entering freshmen $5,000 annually toward tuition and fees, renewable upon satisfactory academic progress and leadership involvement. The General Hugh Shelton Leadership Endowment also provides:

– $2,000 annually for student leadership enrichment experiences.
– Additional networking, leadership seminars, and professional development experiences.

Application and Selection Process

Phase 1

Step One: Applicants are required to apply to NC State University through the Early Action  Admission Application Process (Common App or the Coalition App – we do not have a preference) by November 1, 2020.

Step Two:
In November, the Shelton Leadership Center Staff will select students who will be invited to apply for the scholarship based on their admissions applications submitted to NC State.

NC State early action applicants who wish to be considered for an invitation to apply may nominate themselves for consideration.

Step Three: In December, selected students will receive an invitation to apply for the scholarship. Invitations will be sent to the email account provided on the candidate’s admission application. Students will be asked to complete additional short-essay questions by mid-January.

Step Four: Once the application is submitted, students will receive an email confirmation. Please keep that email for the student’s records.

Phase 2

Step Five: In mid-January, all applications will be reviewed for consideration to move to the next level in the scholarship process.

Step Six: All applicants will be notified of their status during the first full week in February. Applicants that move to the on-campus interviews will be asked to complete two additional questions and confirm their desire to continue with the process by the designated date.

Step Seven: Finalist applicants will participate in a virtual interview on Friday, February 26, 2021. Finalists will participate in three rounds of interviews that day with members of the Board of Advisors and Shelton Scholar Alumni.

Phase 3

Step Eight: Candidates who are offered a scholarship will receive an email notification and an agreement for signature. The agreement must be signed and returned to the Shelton Leadership Center within two weeks of the notification.

Step Nine: Candidates who accept the scholarship are strongly encouraged to participate in one of the Red Hat Shelton Challenge weeks the summer prior to the student’s first year at NC State.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

Leadership Experience and Potential — Applicants should have a history of participation in school and community activities, and a goal of increasing involvement, particularly in the area of leadership development. Applicants must demonstrate the ability to understand and apply concepts of values-based leadership and selfless service. They must also be willing to critically examine their own behavior and performance.

Evidence of Personal Character and Integrity — Applicants should demonstrate characteristics of high personal character, perhaps using this strength of character to be resilient in the face of extenuating family circumstances, or in overcoming significant obstacles. Applicants should demonstrate how purposeful commitment to critical thinking as an intellectually disciplined process is guided by personal beliefs and ethical values.

Orientation toward Community and Service — Applicants should have an awareness of themselves as members of broader communities that they depend on and help shape. Applicants should exhibit an active commitment to responsible stewardship and a desire to help address community, state, national, or global issues through participation and service.

Commitment to Personal Growth — Applicants must have a desire to actively participate in developing themselves as leaders by seeking out new experiences, gaining new skills, and making a commitment to ongoing self-discovery and personal development. It is expected that there will be evidence of time management skills necessary to accomplish multiple personal goals.

Commitment to Physical Fitness and Wellness — Applicants should demonstrate a commitment to overall health and wellness. Activities should reflect a commitment to physical fitness and the discipline and time management skills necessary to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle.

Understanding of and Interest in the Program / Commitment to Maximizing the Program’s Opportunities — Applicants should be aware of how they might: 1) benefit from participation in this leadership development concept, 2) contribute to the Shelton Leadership Center learning community, 3) contribute to the university and broader community and take advantage of leadership enrichment experiences.

Academic Eligibility — Recipient must ultimately be accepted for admission as a full-time, freshman undergraduate student to NC State University.

Additional Shelton Scholarships

Shelton-affiliated Scholarships:

A number of scholarships affiliated with the Shelton Leadership Center are available through PackASSIST

Students selected for these scholarships are invited to participate in a variety of opportunities supported by the Shelton Leadership Center. These opportunities may include lectures, programs and events, as well as the annual leadership forum and annual scholarship dinner.

Shelton Non-Degree Studies (NDS) Scholarship:

The Shelton Non-Degree Studies (NDS) Scholarship assists Undergraduate Studies (UGS) or Post-Baccalaureate Studies (PBS) students who have the motivation, potential and character to successfully complete a university degree, yet may not have satisfied the criteria to qualify for immediate admission into a degree program. The scholarship is administered through the Shelton Leadership Center.

The scholarship application and materials to include for consideration can be found at the link below.


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