New Students Join Leadership, Service Scholars Programs

CONWAY, Ark. (August 13, 2013) – The Hendrix College Chaplain's Office and the Hendrix-Miller Center for Vocations, Ethics, and Calling will welcome three new United Methodist Youth Fellowship (UMYF) Scholars and seven Miller Center Service Scholars in the Class of 2017.

UMYF Leadership Scholarships are awarded to students who have provided significant leadership in local church, district, and conference youth ministries of the United Methodist Church and who demonstrate outstanding potential for Christian leadership on the Hendrix campus.

This year’s new UMYF Leadership Scholars are:

  • Caitlyn Hendrickson of Little Rock, Ark.
  • Ellen Martin of Little Rock, Ark.
  • Sarah Partee of Brentwood, Tenn.

“The UMYF Leadership Scholarship program is entering its 18th year.  I am excited about the new students who will join the current students,” said Hendrix Chaplain Rev. J. Wayne Clark. “These students will continue to work on leadership skills that will benefit the United Methodist Church around the world. They will join the more than 100 UMYF Leadership Scholar alumni who are serving the United Methodist church as clergy, choir directors, youth directors, church professionals and lay leaders.”

Miller Center Service Scholarships are awarded to incoming freshmen who have been leaders in volunteer service while in high school and desire to continue volunteering in college as a way of exploring their vocation. Service Scholars perform a certain number of volunteer hours off campus each semester and participate in programs for vocational reflection, guided by the Miller Center staff.

This year’s new Miller Center Service Scholars are:

  • Casey Caton of Garfield, Ark.
  • Sydney Hickok of Cabot, Ark.
  • Jennifer Kim of Little Rock, Ark.
  • Troy Koser of Seminole, Fla.
  • Lauren Long of Little Rock, Ark.
  • Erin Marshburn of Germantown, Tenn.
  • Mattie Thacker of North Little Rock, Ark.

"Each year the graduating Service Scholars make a presentation on what they learned from four years of volunteering through the Miller Center program.  It is heartening to hear their stories of major ‘aha’ moments when they learned from those they served, discovered new directions for their life or had old ones confirmed in a new way,” said Dr. Peg Falls-Corbitt, director of the Miller Center. “We look forward to working with the new class of Service Scholars as they begin this journey of service and discovery."

Founded in 1876, Hendrix College is a national leader in engaged liberal arts and sciences education. For the fifth consecutive year, Hendrix was named one of the country’s “Up and Coming” liberal arts colleges by U.S. News and World Report. Hendrix is featured in the 2012 edition of the Princeton Review as one of the country’s best 377 colleges, the latest edition of Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think about Colleges, Forbes magazine's annual list of America's Top 650 Colleges, and the 2013 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges. Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. For more information, visit www.hendrix.edu.