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 and Caldwell Fellows learning communities, 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.