Admission requirements

  • Male students
  • Rising 10th, 11th & 12th grades
  • Applicants must have a 3.0 grade point average or higher

Cost to attend The Shelton Leadership Challenge

The cost to attend the Hampden-Sydney College Shelton Leadership Challenge six-day residential program is $650. This includes all curriculum materials, lodging, and food; low and high ropes training; transportation during the week; and evening activities. When submitting your application, please include a $100 deposit (made out to H-SC Shelton Leadership Challenge) toward the final payment of $650 to reserve your spot in the program.

If the applicant is not accepted, the $100 deposit will be refunded. If an accepted applicant chooses not to attend the program, a refund will be provided up to one month prior to the start of the program. No refunds will be issued after June 1, 2018.

Required documents 

  • Completed Application
  • Two letters of reference (or name of references if submitting separately)
  • $100 deposit made out to H-SC Shelton Leadership Challenge

Where to send applications

Return completed applications and two references by June 1, 2018 to:

The Wilson Center for Leadership 
Hampden-Sydney College
PO Box 854 
Hampden-Sydney, VA 23943  

You may also email the application/reference forms to May Reed, Program Coordinator, at

"The Shelton Challenge is designed to appeal to youth who are motivated to learn how to lead others. The Shelton Challenge is for those who aspire to make a difference for their family, community and nation."

General H. Hugh Shelton

Contact us

Lt. Col. L. Rucker Snead, III '81, Director of the Wilson Center for Leadership
(434) 223-6260
May Reed, Program & Events Coordinator
(434) 223-7077