Hendrix College awards a variety of scholarships and grants based on academic
merit, leadership experience, performance in the fine arts, and financial need.
Students who wish to be considered for a scholarship must first complete an
application for admission to the College. Scholarships or grants from Hendrix
College are awarded in accordance with institutional policy. Contact the Office
of Financial Aid with any questions.
Academic requirements for retention of Hendrix scholarships and grants vary
according to the specific scholarship or grant. The requirements for retention
are specifically enumerated in the student’s original scholarship notification
letter and are posted on the financial aid section of the website.
Academic Scholarships, ranging in value from $12,000 per year to full tuition,
fees, room, and board are awarded to students who have accumulated outstanding
high school records and who demonstrate the potential for academic success at
Hendrix College. Priority consideration for Academic Scholarships is given to
those students who apply for admission by November 15.
Applications for the Hays Memorial Scholarship, which covers tuition, room (standard
double occupancy residence hall room), board (unlimited plan), and student activity
fee, must be received by February 1. To be eligible for consideration students
must achieve at least a 3.6 GPA in college preparatory classes and a 32 ACT
or 1410 SAT score. The Hays Scholarship is renewable for up to three additional
years if the student maintains a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and selects
housing and meal plan options covered by the award.
All accepted students are considered for academic scholarships. In awarding
scholarships, the Scholarship Committee considers the following criteria:
Academic performance in college preparatory classes
Standardized test scores
Scholarship Renewal Policy
Hendrix College merit scholarships are maintained for the first four semesters
of enrollment as long as the student is in good academic standing. If a student
falls below the required scholarship renewal grade point average after the first
four semesters of enrollment, the scholarship will be forfeited. An appeal process
does exist, which will be explained in writing as appropriate. If an appeal
is unsuccessful, the College may award a “fall-back” scholarship. The dollar
amount of the new scholarship will vary from fifty to seventy-five percent of
the value of the original award, depending on the individual level of need.
Odyssey Distinction Awards
Odyssey Distinction Awards, ranging in value from $1,000 to $5,000 per year,
are awarded to accepted Hendrix applicants. The Scholarship Committee determines
the amount of the award based on an assessment of out-of-class accomplishments
in high school. In most cases, the Odyssey Awards can be added to other scholarships
a student may receive from the College. The application for admission serves
as the application for the Odyssey Awards and all accepted students are automatically
Hendrix College Leadership Scholarships
Hendrix College grants Leadership Scholarships to students whom it selects as
Leadership Scholars. Scholarship recipients are selected after a review of leadership,
activities, community service, and honors. This is a four-year personal development
program. The online scholarship application form is made available each fall
and must be submitted by February 1.
Miller Center Service Scholarships
The Miller Center Service Scholarships are awarded to students who have worked
successfully in the past with volunteer service organizations, who intend to
make leadership through volunteer service a part of their future, and who wish
to embark upon a highly intentional, guided process of vocational discernment
during their college years. Service Scholars commit to a certain number of volunteer
service projects and vocational exploration programs per year. The online scholarship
application form is made available each fall at
and must be submitted by February 1.
United Methodist Youth Fellowship Leadership Scholarships
United Methodist Youth Fellowship Leadership Scholarships are awarded to students
with leadership experience in local and regional United Methodist Youth ministries.
Persons who wish to compete for a UMYF Leadership Award must submit an application
by February 1. The online scholarship application is made available each fall
Performing and Fine Arts Scholarships
Performing and Fine Arts Scholarships are awarded to select students in music,
theatre and dance, and visual arts. Students interested in Performing and Fine
Arts Scholarships in music or theater and dance must schedule an audition on
campus with a member of the faculty. The last day for auditions is March 16.
When completing the online scholarship application, students interested in Art
Scholarships must submit the URL to a set of images on Flickr that contains
10-20 images of their artwork. Descriptions should include the name, title,
medium, dimensions, and date of the piece being presented. Information about
setting up a Flickr account is available on the online scholarship application,
or visit www.flickr.com.
Persons who wish to compete for a Performing and Fine Arts Scholarship must
submit an application by February 1. The online scholarship application is made
available each fall at www.hendrix.edu/scholarships.
Hendrix Scholarship for Arkansas Governor's Distinguished Scholars
Accepted freshman applicants who receive the $10,000 Arkansas Governor’s Distinguished
Scholarship (GDS) are considered for a Hendrix scholarship in recognition of
the student’s achievement. The scholarship amount is determined each year for
new students enrolling the following fall. It is renewable for up to three additional
years if the student maintains the state award.
FAFSA Early Filer Grant
The Hendrix FAFSA Early Filer Grant is available to any student who files the
FAFSA by March 1 of the appropriate academic year. The grant may be renewed
for all following eligible consecutive years in which the renewal FAFSA continues
to be filed yearly by the March 1 deadline. Missing the deadline in any one
year results in lack of access to this grant for that year only.
Hendrix Aid Grants
Hendrix Aid Grants are awarded in cases of financial need. The amount of the
grants varies according to the student’s need and the availability of funds.
To apply, students must complete and submit the Free Application for Federal
Student Aid (FAFSA).
Ministerial Student Loans/Grants
Students preparing for ordained ministry in the
United Methodist Church may qualify for a
loan of one-half tuition. Criteria for qualification include certification as
a candidate for ministry in the United Methodist Church and approval of a financial
aid committee. The loan may become a grant after the student is ordained in
the United Methodist Church and serves a year in full-time ministry. Those students
who later decide not to enter the ordained ministry in the United Methodist
Church or cease full time ministry before completion of a year will be obligated
to repay the loan, generally within five years of graduation or ceasing ministry.
Students who received the Ministerial Student Loan/Grant will complete an application
and submit a yearly report to the Office of the Chaplain. They will also meet
regularly with the Chaplain or participate in the UMYF Leadership program. Qualifications
will be determined by the Chaplain prior to the student’s entry into the program.
Interested students must work with the Chaplain in order to become certified
for this program. Using the United Methodist Book of Discipline and general
ministry candidate procedural guidelines, the Chaplain will be able to guide
all interested students through this process. Note that the Ministerial Loan/Grant
will replace most academic scholarships in the student’s financial aid package.
This is important since most students who choose to enter this program will
have attended Hendrix for one or more years and may have been receiving an academic
scholarship. Odyssey Distinction Awards and the full value of music scholarships
will be stacked on top of the aid under this program, with up to $2,000 from
Theater Arts and Dance, Art, UMYF Leadership, Miller Center Service, or Leadership
Awards also being stacked.
For each semester a student accepts assistance from the Ministerial Loan/Grant,
the student will be obligated to spend one year in active service for the United
Methodist Church for the loan to be converted to a grant. A person is in“active
service” when that person is serving under appointment (with benefit of pension)
by a Bishop of the United Methodist Church. The benefiting student is responsible
for maintaining contact with the Hendrix College Chaplain and providing information
on his/her appointment and standing. The loan will be deemed a grant once the
required years of service are met. If the student fails to complete the required
number of years of service, the obligation to repay the loan with interest will
remain. The loan must be repaid in full within a five year period dating from
the point at which the Chaplain determined that the student was no longer in
Should the student fail to meet the program requirements, the student must refer
to the terms of the student’s signed agreement and repay the portion that exceeds
the worth of the originally awarded academic scholarship. The specific terms
of the program and obligations of the student are outlined in a Loan/Grant Agreement
the student must sign to participate in the program. A form of the agreement
may be obtained from the Chaplain. The terms of that agreement supersede this
description and will govern the obligations of the student and Hendrix.
Robert and Ruby Priddy Scholarships
Priddy Scholarships are awarded to students from middle-income families who
do not qualify for larger merit-based scholarships or federal grants, but who
show exceptional promise for success at Hendrix and for leadership and service.
The amount of the scholarship varies according to student need. Students must
complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Ministers’ Dependent Grants
Dependents of United Methodist elders and deacons under full-time appointment
of a bishop are eligible to apply for a grant of one-half tuition. A letter
from the district superintendent confirming the full-time appointment must be
received in the Office of Financial Aid. Dependents of retired or deceased ministers
are also eligible to apply for the grants. All recipients of these grants must
receive approval of a duly appointed financial aid committee and must be in
good standing in the College. Ministers’ Dependent Grants are limited to five
years. This total may include five years of undergraduate studies, or four years
of undergraduate study and one year of graduate work at Hendrix. Recipients
may receive either an Academic Scholarship or this grant, whichever carries
the greater monetary value.
Check with the Office of Financial Aid for details.
Outside Scholarship and Loan Policy
Hendrix College awards financial aid to the maximum extent possible, within
federal regulations, funding levels and student eligibility, with the assumption
that no other financial aid resource is available to each student. Therefore,
when an outside scholarship is received, Hendrix reserves the right to adjust
the financial aid package in order to comply with federal regulations and insure
that the College is able to provide as much assistance as possible to all students.
When an outside award changes eligibility for need-based financial aid, Hendrix
will first reduce federal work study eligibility, subsidized student loan dollars,
or convert subsidized into unsubsidized loans in order to comply with federal
regulations. Need-based grants will only be reduced if no other compliance options
are available. In no case may a student receive gift aid (grants and/or scholarships)
from all sources (Hendrix, federal, state, private) in excess of the total cost
of attendance at Hendrix (tuition, fees, room, board as well as an estimated
cost of books, transportation, and personal/living expenses). If the amount
of total gift aid from all sources exceeds Hendrix’s total cost of attendance,
Hendrix gift aid (grants and/ or scholarships) will be reduced accordingly.
Hendrix will certify any loan source such that total aid equals total cost of
attendance but never beyond.