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Second Shelton golf event celebrates and supports leadership initiative, scholarships

Gen. Hugh Shelton accepts a giant check for scholarships and programs at the Shelton Golf Invitational.
Gen. Hugh Shelton accepts a giant check (left) for scholarships and programs, and the Green Beret Parachute Team delivers a gigantic American flag (below) at the Shelton Golf Invitational.
(Photos by Daniel Kim)
Performances by the Green Beret Parachute Team and the 82nd Airborne All American Chorus were opening and closing highlights as the second annual Gen. H. Hugh Shelton Golf Invitational raised more than $38,000 to benefit scholarships and youth development programs. These programs are offered through both the Gen. H. Hugh Shelton Leadership Endowment in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the Shelton Initiative of University Extension and Engagement at N.C. State University.

The July 10 event, chaired by U.S. Army retired Col. Gary T. Steimle, drew 135 golfers to the Anderson Creek Golf Club in Spring Lake. There, at a post-tournament reception, Gen. Hugh Shelton and outgoing NCSU Chancellor Marye Anne Fox announced this year's Shelton Endowment and Shelton Initiative award winners.

The Green Beret Parachute Team delivers a gigantic American flag at the Shelton Golf Invitational.Ben Anderson, a recent N.C. State valedictorian graduate with degrees in electrical and computer engineering, received a $1,000 award in the 2003-04 academic year as the first recipient of the Shelton/Mulkey Scholarship. Funded by the Barbara Mulkey Endowment in the College of Engineering, this award is given to the engineering student whose leadership qualities are most consistent with the mission of the Gen. Hugh Shelton Leadership Initiative. Anderson entered N.C. State after a 10-year career as a U.S. Marine, and he recently received his commission as a U.S. Navy officer.

Jonathan Pearce of Edgecombe County was selected as the second recipient of the Gen. Hugh Shelton 4-H Leadership Scholarship. He will receive $1,000 to attend N.C. State, where he will double major in business administration and political science.

Forrest Hinton of Rocky Mount was named as the first recipient of the Gen. Hugh Shelton Leadership Scholarship/Caldwell Program Award. A sophomore mathematics education major at N.C. State, Hinton will receive $2,500 per year and will participate in leadership seminars, internships and study abroad.

Anderson, Pearce and Hinton were present at the golf invitational. A fourth award winner, who was unable to attend, is Charles Turner, the Gen. Hugh Shelton/Army ROTC Leadership Scholar, who was in basic training in Missouri at Fort Leonard Wood. Turner, who receives a $1,000 renewable scholarship, serves with the National Guard while attending N.C. State as a political science major, with a concentration in international affairs.

"All of today's recipients have one thing in common," Fox said. "They were taught early that to excel in life, you must master the characteristics of determination, honesty, loyalty - traits that have helped propel Gen. Shelton to the forefront of the U.S. military."

Also taking part were U.S. Rep. Brad Miller and Gen. Dan McNeill. Reception participants included U.S. Rep. Bob Etheridge and former state senator Oscar Harris, along with the College's interim dean Dr. Johnny Wynne and associate dean Dr. Jon Ort.

Shelton thanked everyone present for joining him "for a great day with friends" at Anderson Creek.

"As I continue in a number of ventures in the private sector," Shelton said, "none is more important than the exciting Leadership Initiative and endowments at N.C. State."

-Terri Leith