Sheldon Recognized as Undergraduate of Distinction by North-American Interfraternity Conference
On Saturday, August 5, 2017, Michael P. Wilson (Alpha Theta–Transylvania ’00), chief financial officer for the North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC), presented Jesse A. Sheldon (Zeta Mu–Univ. of Washington ’14) with the 2017 Undergraduate Award of Distinction at the Interfraternal Recognition Luncheon during the 77th Convention & Brotherhood Weekend at the Hyatt Regency at the Arch in St. Louis, Missouri. This recognition follows his work as the founder, Executive Director and President of the Board of Directors for Inland NW Baby, a nonprofit organization providing basic necessities for families with young children in need including diapers, clothing and hygiene items.
Jesse Sheldon’s leadership in countless campus and community organizations has led him to receive various accolades from his campus, community and Kappa Alpha Order. Most recently, Jesse has been named the Spokane Valley Entrepreneur of the Year and Spokane Young Philanthropist of the Year. He also received the Spokane Human Rights Award and the Key to the City of Spokane Valley because of his persistence and dedication to improving the lives of others within the community.
As one campus nominator wrote, “I am very impressed that a young man saw this need in the community and came up with a solution to fill that gap. Kappa Alpha is proud to call Jesse a member; he is someone who embodies the value of his fraternity and expects the same of those around him.”
While serving in such great leadership capacities throughout the community, Jesse has also remained committed to his chapter of at University of Washington and to his studies in the Lavin Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Program. He has served as both the social chair and recruitment chair for KA, making him the external link for KA to fellow students and potential members, as well as the surrounding community.
In the words of another nominator, “Jesse he is someone who embodies the values of his fraternity and expects the same from those around him. I would argue that he also takes responsibility to lift his community up to that level.”
Jesse’s involvement in his chapter has resulted in significant improvements in operations and overall success, including the honor of the Samuel Zenas Award for Chapter Excellence in 2014 and 2015, the highest award KA can bestow upon a collegiate chapter.
“Jesse Sheldon has found in his experience an outlet for developing both as a leader and a better man,” another nominator wrote. “He strives to embody the values of Kappa Alpha Order.”
It is because of Jesse’s character, concern for his community and dedication to philanthropy that the NIC Awarded Jesse with the 2017 NIC Undergraduate Award of Distinction.
First presented in 2002, the NIC Awards of Distinction seek to identify those groups and individuals who model compliance with our standards and an extraordinary commitment to the values and beliefs of fraternity. This year the NIC received a near record number of nominations for the Undergraduate Award of Distinction, and Jesse was one of six recipients selected.