Hays Memorial Scholarship

The Hays Memorial Scholarship Program seeks students with outstanding potential for intellectual vitality and academic success, whose records of achievement – both in and out of the classroom – predict leadership and initiative to enhance life at Hendrix and in the world beyond.

The Hays Scholarship, awarded to four entering students each year, provides full tuition, room, board, and mandatory fees for four years of study at Hendrix. Students who wish to compete for the Hays Scholarship must:

  1. be a senior in high school;
  2. achieve at least a 3.6 GPA in high school college preparatory classes; and
  3. score a minimum ACT "super score" composite of 32 or a minimum SAT Critical Reading and Math combined "super score" of 1410.

Additionally, students need to have completed an application for admission to Hendrix via the Common Application or the Hendrix Application before applying for the Hays Scholarship. (Information about applying to Hendrix is available at To qualify, the application for admission should have been submitted by our Early Action I deadline. 

TO APPLY: The following Hays Scholarship application must be submitted by February 1. This application includes the submission of a personal statement that will help us understand the contribution you would make to Hendrix as a Hays Scholar. Finalists must also participate in an on-campus competition on March 4 and 5. Hays Scholars are announced in late March.

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Basic Information

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Personal Information

Your email address that you check regularly.

Your last name.

Your first name (not a nickname).

Your middle name or middle initial.

The name you prefer to be called.

Your mailing address.

Your home telephone number, or the best phone number for us to reach you.

High School Information

The name of your High School.

The street address for your school.

Your high school counselor's name.

Your high school counselor's email address.

Your Personal Statement

Through Hendrix's Odyssey Program, students have the opportunity to design engaged learning activities and to seek funding to support their projects through a competitive application process.

Imagine that you were given the opportunity today to design and carry out an Odyssey project. In the area designated below, please write an approximately 500-word essay in which you describe the Odyssey project you would like to complete. Be specific about the activities you would do and why you would do them. Explain how doing this Odyssey project would prepare you to contribute to your future community.

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Certification Statement

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By submitting this application, I hereby certify that the answers and statements contained in this application are true to the best of my knowledge. I also certify that this application, including any essays, is my own work. In addition, I authorize the selection committee to have access to my admission file.


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