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Sutton accepts the 2011 General Hugh Shelton National Leadership Scholarship

Kaitlyn Sutton of Franklin has been awarded the prestigious National Gen. Hugh Shelton Leadership Scholarship at NC State University for 2011-2015.

The General Hugh Shelton National Leadership Scholarship is awarded each year to an incoming freshman, at NC State University, who has demonstrated exemplary leadership abilities both in and outside of the classroom. Kaitlyn Sutton was presented with the scholarship for her devoted studies and services to her community for the academic year of 2011-2012. This scholarship is sustained annually through the General Hugh Leadership Endowment in the NC State Foundation. Kaitlyn will have up to $10,000 of annual renewable support towards her costs of living, such as tuition, housing, fees, etc. As well, she will receive an annual stipend to fund student leadership enrichment experiences. These can include anything from leadership retreats/seminars, to internships, to studying abroad, to the Shelton Leadership Forum, and self-designed learning programs.

The scholarship is awarded by the Gen. Hugh Shelton Leadership Center at N. C. State.  A native of North Carolina, Gen. Shelton was the 14th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 1997-2001.

Kaitlyn Sutton is the daughter of Chuck and Vickie Sutton. She plans on attending NC State to study Biology and hopes to one day become a veterinarian. Last year she attended a two- week intensive summer science program which was sponsored by Burrough’s Wellcome Company. There she had the opportunity to dissected animals for study, including mice, cats and a pregnant cow. Also she palpated a pregnant cow at an area dairy farm. These events helped to reinforce her passion to become an animal doctor.  

Sutton has excelled in the classroom and the community. She also holds positions in her school including yearbook editor-in-chief, student council student body president, F.C.A (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) leader, and Captain of the varsity tennis team, as well as playing basketball and softball. She is responsible for overseeing the publication of her high school’s yearbook; she organizes and presides over all student council meetings and projects. Also she assembles and coordinates weekly meetings and numerous outreach programs. Sutton has received All Conference, M.V.P, and spiritual leader honors for tennis. She is proud that her team was undefeated during the 2009 season and named conference champions.

In 2008, the billion dollar hurricane, Katrina, struck the coast of New Orleans. Sutton traveled with her youth group in efforts to restore order and peace to the city by participating in the World Changers reconstruction project. There they worked to repair an elderly woman’s home after the wreckage. Sutton committed weekly to assist with the Macon Tracs therapeutic horse riding program for mentally and physically handicapped children and adults. There she contributed to helping by volunteering as a side walker and horse leader.

The Shelton Leadership Center searches for certain qualities in its scholars. Dr. Mike Davis, Director of the Shelton Leadership Center states, “Kaitlyn demonstrates the qualities that are most highly valued by Gen. Shelton and the Center’s board of advisors. The qualities are leadership experience, integrity, orientation towards community and service, commitment to personal growth, commitment to physical fitness and wellness, and finally the understanding and interest of the program.” Sutton was selected from a national applicant pool. She will begin her studies at NC State in August.

September 10, 2011

Shelton Scholars Participate in Weekend of Service

In September, Shelton Scholars joined volunteers from the New Bern area to assist with hurricane Irene clean-up for our annual Shelton Weekend of Service.

This weekend gives something back to the local community and provides an opportunity for the scholars themselves to come together and learn about one another’s differences and commonalities and grow as servant leaders. Besides a chance to help the local community, the weekend was an opportunity for reflection, bringing together students from the center’s diverse scholarship programs to reflect on their responsibilities as leaders in their communities.

After the work finished, scholars had a chance to meet with Gen. H. Hugh Shelton, the executive director of the center. Shelton, the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, invited the students to his Morehead City home for a cookout and an opportunity to talk, in-depth, about their experiences at NC State and his own experiences as a values-based leader.

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