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: Applicants are required to complete the PackAssist Application by October 15. This will allow applicants to be considered for other scholarship opportunities (merit or financial need), as well as the Shelton National Leadership Scholarship.

Step Three: Between the months of November and December, the Shelton Leadership Center Staff and Board of Advisors will select students to be invited to apply for the scholarship. Students will have two to three weeks to complete and submit the application on-line through PaskAssist. The invitation to apply for the scholarship will be sent through the student’s NC State email account from PackAssist. Students will be asked to complete additional short-essay questions by the end of December.

Once the application is submitted, students will receive an email confirmation containing a copy of the data. Keep that information for student record.

Phase 2 – After Initial Screening

Step Four: By midnight on mid-January of each year, the General Hugh Shelton Scholarship Selection Committee will notify all applicants of status by email.

Step Five: All applicants who advance to the in-person interview phase of the process will need to complete and return requested information by February 1.

Step Six: Finalist applicants will be need to confirm to the General Hugh Shelton National Student Leadership Scholarship Selection Committee by the end of the first week in February whether he/she will participate in the interviews that will take place at NC State University in mid-February.

Phase 3 – After In-Person Interviews

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

Step Eight: 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