Shelton NDS Scholarship

The Shelton Non-Degree Studies 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 Division of Enrollment Management and Services under the direction of the General Hugh Shelton Initiative for Leadership Development and the Office of Extension, Engagement and Economic Development.

Scholarship Benefits

Through the NDS program, scholarship recipients can register for NC State credit courses without having been formally admitted to a degree program. The scholarship covers tuition and fees for a maximum of two courses in a regular semester or summer session and may be renewable in support of up to two additional courses, subject to the availability of funds, if the recipient maintains satisfactory academic progress as determined by the Division of Enrollment Management and Services with respect to the student’s intended major.

Following acceptance into a degree program by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, credits earned as a Non-Degree student may be applied to a degree program.

Who Is Eligible to Apply for the Shelton Scholarship?

The Shelton NDS Scholarship provides tuition assistance for students who have circumstances that prevent regular admission or circumstances that will not allow for full-time, regular admission. Applications are welcomed from individuals planning to enroll as Undergraduate Studies (UGS) students in course work applicable to their intended major.

The anonymous donor states, “This scholarship is primarily designed for students who have a mediocre academic experience until their junior year, when they turned their life around and achieved “A’s” and “B’s” in their last year of high school (or equivalent).”

The selection process reviews applicants’ leadership qualities and capacities, community involvement, and other personal traits that demonstrate motivation and potential with regard to future academic success and career excellence.

Application Process

Scholarship applications for the fall semester must be received by the Division of Enrollment Management and Services by July 15. Scholarship recipient will be notified, via e-mail and letter, prior to the first day of class.

Completed applications will include:

  1. Completed scholarship application form.
  2. A brief, two-page summary explaining the applicant’s interest in the degree program chosen and relevant qualifications. The selection process focuses on a review of leadership qualities and capacities, community involvement, and other personal traits demonstrating motivation and potential with regard to academic success and career excellence. An outline of short-range and long-range career plans should be included. Applicants should describe extenuating circumstances that have affected performance, or current circumstances that make full-time regular enrollment impossible.
  3. Two letters of reference from non-related community members. Letters should address the applicants’ leadership capabilities, character and personal traits, potential, and academic experiences and goals. Non-related community members may include academic instructors, guidance counselors, present or past employers, clergy members, etc.
  4. Verification of graduation from an accredited high school (or completion of GED) as evidenced by a copy of the high school transcript or official GED score report.
  5. Verification of completion of the Minimum Coursework Requirements (MCR) established by the University of North Carolina System Board of Governors with respect to high school course preparation (via provision of transcript). Grades should indicate accomplishment of “A’s” and “B’s” during the last year of high school or equivalent.
  6. Transcripts from all colleges/universities attended.