RALEIGH — Eldon “Sharpe” Newton of Wilson will receive the prestigious Gen. Hugh Shelton National Leadership Scholarship at N.C. State University for 2017-21.
The scholarship is awarded annually to an incoming first-year student at N.C. State who has demonstrated exemplary leadership abilities both in and outside of the classroom, the university said in a Tuesday news release.
Sharpe Newton receives the scholarship for his dedication to his studies as well as his service to his community. This sustained annual scholarship resides within the Gen. Hugh Shelton Leadership Endowment in the N.C. State Foundation. The endowment will provide assistance for tuition and living costs, as well as a stipend for enrichment activities such as leadership seminars and retreats, study abroad opportunities and internships.
Sharpe Newton is the son of Buck and Hope Newton. He is attending N.C. State to study agribusiness management and political science. Newton has previously attended the Institute for Future Agricultural Leaders, a weeklong program at N.C. State for teens interested in the agricultural industry.
He hopes to use his agriculture knowledge to continue growth in Belize and local communities by staying involved with Stop Hunger Now and Youth and Government, as well as service opportunities presented through N.C. State.
Excelling both in and outside of the classroom, Newton has a diverse range of involvement in his community. He is a member of a family missions’ team, Kidz Konnect 4 Jesus, where he volunteered at schools in Belize tutoring students, managing small building projects and implementing feeding programs.
Sharpe is also an Eagle Scout and served as a lifeguard, junior counselor and sailing instructor at Camp Don Lee. Physical fitness is an important part of Sharpe’s lifestyle as well. Newton was not only the captain of his soccer team, but he also enjoys playing tennis and swimming in his spare time. Some of Sharpe’s other hobbies include sailing, white-water kayaking, hiking and skiing with his friends and family.
Debbie Acker, associate director for operations and academic programs, said Newton “represents the ideals upon which the scholarship is based: academic excellence, personal integrity, commitment to community service, physical fitness and a commitment to continuous personal and leadership development through participation in the diverse enrichment experiences offered by the program.”
The scholarship is awarded through the Gen. H. Hugh Shelton Leadership Center at N.C. State. The center seeks to inspire, educate and develop values-based leaders committed to personal integrity, professional ethics and selfless service. A native of North Carolina, Shelton was the 14th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 1997-2001 and founded the center in 2002.