About Shelton National Leadership Scholarship

This is one of the USA’s most prestigious scholarships for student leaders. It is awarded to two to three entering freshman, $5,000 annually toward tuition and fees, renewable upon satisfactory academic progress and leadership involvement.  The General Hugh Shelton Leadership Endowment provides:

  • $5,000 annual NC State tuition and fees, housing, etc.
  • Annual enrichment funds of $2,000 for student leadership enrichment experiences.
  • Additional networking, leadership seminars, and professional development experiences.

About National Shel Scholarship- Example Enrichment Experiences

Application Process

Phase 1 

Step One: Applicants are required to apply to NC State University through the regular Admission Application Process (Common App or the Coalition App – we do not have a preference) by October 15.

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

Step Three: In December, students will receive an invitation to apply for the scholarship that will be sent through the student’s NC State email account from PackAssist. 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. Keep that information for student record.

Phase 2 – Initial Screening

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 by February 1. 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 Friday, February 8.

Step Seven: Finalist applicants will participate in an on-campus interview on Friday, February 22. Applicants will participate in three-rounds of interviews that day with our Board of Advisors and Shelton Scholar Alumni.

Phase 3 – After In-Person Interviews

Step Eight: Within two weeks of being notified of student status, if offered the scholarship, candidates will need to sign an agreement provided by the Shelton Leadership Center.

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 entering student’s freshman year at NC State.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria