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Shelton Golf Invitational boosts scholarships, leadership programs support

New Shelton scholars Rob Squires (left), John Fowler and Katherine Drake were honored during tournament festivities.
Photo by Becky Kirkland

A $50,000 check in support of scholarship programs, the introduction of three new scholarship recipients and a fine day of golf were among the highlights of the third annual Gen. H. Hugh Shelton Golf Invitational. Held Sept. 30 at the Anderson Creek Golf Club in Spring Lake, the event was chaired by Col. Gary S. Steimle (ret.), and the environmental services firm WESI Consulting was signature sponsor. Proceeds from the tournament support the Gen. Hugh Shelton Leadership Initiative and Scholarship Endowment.

Shelton himself welcomed participants and guests to the tournament. "Thank you for being here today as a reflection of what North Carolina has to offer - great golf, the spirit of giving and investing in the next generation of leaders," he said. "A debt of gratitude goes to the sponsors, volunteers and staff for their vision and commitment to the success of this charitable effort."

After the ceremony John Fowler posed with his parents.
Photo by Becky Kirkland
The event was occasion for the announcement of the three newest student recipients of Shelton Scholarships. Rob Squires, a sophomore biomedical engineering major from Charlotte, is the second recipient of the Gen. Hugh Shelton Leadership Scholarship/Caldwell Program Award, which will provide him with $2,500 per year and the opportunity to participate in leadership seminars, internships and study abroad. John Fowler, a freshman computer engineering major from Rockingham, is the second recipient of the Gen. Hugh Shelton Army ROTC Scholarship, in the amount of $1,000, renewable for four years. And Katherine Drake, a freshman biomedical engineering major from Pinetops, is the third recipient of the Gen. Hugh Shelton 4-H Leadership Scholarship, a $1,000 award.

Also in attendance was Forrest Hinton, a mathematics education major and president of the N.C. State Student Senate, the first recipient of the Gen. Hugh Shelton Leadership Scholarship/Caldwell Program Award. After remarks from Squires, Steimle presented Shelton with a symbolic take-out check for $50,000 raised through the tournament.

-Terri Leith