This article was published in the online edition of Arkansas
Business on October 6, 2015
By Arkansas Business Staff
Hendrix College said Monday that it will offer new
scholarships to cover the full cost of attendance for Federal Pell
Grant-eligible students from the Arkansas Commitment program, Little Rock
Central High School, Little Rock Catholic High School for Boys, and Mount St.
The Federal Pell Grant Program provides need-based grants to
low-income students to promote access to postsecondary education.
Hendrix will cover tuition, fees, on-campus housing and meal
plans, for up to four students from each program. The college will also provide
academic support services to ensure the recipients graduate in four years.
The new scholarships are part of the Hendrix Aspire
Scholarship program established in the spring.
Through the Hendrix Aspire Scholarship program, Hendrix has
partnered with the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) to provide
scholarships for Latino and Latina students and with KIPP Delta Public Schools
to provide scholarships for students from the Arkansas Delta.
"These scholarships are so important to us because they
help us keep Hendrix affordable and increase the diversity of our student
body," Hendrix President Bill Tsutsui said. "These partnerships
reflect our shared mission to change lives through education, and we are
excited to work together to make a liberal arts education at Hendrix possible
for their students."
In August, Hendrix College received a $26 million donation from the estate
of Mary Ann Dawkins. Tsutsui said at the announcement of that contribution
that much of the money would be used for increased scholarships, in particular
the Arkansas Advantage program.
"We are grateful to our new partners for their
confidence and trust in Hendrix and to our donors for their support to make
Hendrix accessible and affordable to these students," David Knight,
chairman of the Hendrix board of trustees, said. "The students who benefit
from these scholarships will enrich our campus throughout their four years at
Hendrix, and they will be great ambassadors for Hendrix as alumni and leaders
in their communities and in their professions."