Co-Curricular Scholarships: Leadership and Service

Hendrix College encourages students to seek knowledge and growth outside the classroom through a variety of extracurricular, co-curricular, leadership and service programs. The following scholarship opportunities award students for their talents and achievements while in high school in the areas of leadership and service.

Each scholarship awards $2,000 per year for up to four years of full-time enrollment, contingent on the student maintaining a 2.0 GPA and fulfilling the requirements of the individual scholarship program. Students are encouraged to apply for all performing and fine arts (see separate application), leadership, and service scholarships for which they are eligible. However, only one scholarship from among all such categories may be awarded to each student. Scholarships may be awarded in addition to other scholarships and awards.

TO APPLY: The following scholarship application must be submitted by February 1. Supporting documents, as noted throughout the application and in your confirmation email, must also be submitted by this date. Documents sent directly to the Office of Admission should clearly indicate the scholarship for which they're being submitted.

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The following leadership and service scholarships are available from Hendrix College. Please read the descriptions and select the scholarships you wish to apply for below.

Hendrix College Impact Scholarship

The Hendrix College Impact Scholarship is awarded to students that have a desire to work toward social justice-related issues such as gender equality, poverty, diversity & inclusion, LGBTQ equality, and many other public policy, advocacy, and awareness issues. The scholarship program will be designed to cultivate active leaders for social change through self-examination, professional development, and community and campus involvement. Applicants must have a demonstrated passion in pursuing these efforts through previous involvement in community or school-related organizations or projects designed to further such causes. Participation in the Impact Scholars program may also be applied toward an Odyssey credit (Professional and Leadership Development).

Renewal of the scholarship for up to three additional years is dependent on the successful completion of a set program.

Application requirements:

  • Submission of Hendrix’s online scholarship application by February 1
  • Résumé detailing involvement/activism in social justice related causes
  • Essay detailing the reason behind your commitment to social justice and how you plan to continue your passions in your college career either on campus or in the community at large
  • Letter of recommendation from a mentor or individual that has observed you in your social justice experiences

UMYF Leadership Scholarships

United Methodist Youth Fellowship Leadership Scholars have provided significant leadership in local church, district, and conference youth ministries of the United Methodist Church and demonstrate outstanding potential for Christian leadership on the Hendrix campus. Each applicant must be a member of a United Methodist church and provide notable leadership roles within the church and youth group. Those involved in leadership at the district, conference, jurisdictional, and national levels are strongly encouraged to apply.

Students who qualify for the scholarship, but whose financial needs are met by other scholarships or sources, are still encouraged to apply for the scholarship program. Students who do not receive funds can still participate in the program.

Renewal of the scholarship for up to three additional years is dependent on the successful completion of a set program that includes participation in retreats, monthly group meetings, and individual projects. The program expectations will be outlined in the letter awarding the scholarship.

Application requirements:

  • submission of Hendrix’s online extracurricular scholarship application by February 1
  • resume detailing UMYF leadership involvement
  • essay centered on the role faith has played in your life
  • letter of recommendation from a United Methodist clergy, UM professional minister, or layperson from your local UM church

Interfaith Scholarship

Open to students of all religious and nonreligious backgrounds, the Interfaith Leadership Scholars program prepares students to be leaders in a religiously complex world. Through a program of campus and community involvement, scholars develop the skills, knowledge, and attitudes needed to work across lines of religious difference for the benefit of the common good. Applicants must demonstrate an openness to collaborating with religiously diverse groups

The scholarship is renewable for an additional three years for students participating actively in the set program.

Application requirements:

  1. 1.Submission of Hendrix’s online scholarship application by February 1
  2. A résumé highlighting leadership experience and/or experience with religious diversity
  3. An essay addressing the following:
    • Your understanding of your own religious or philosophical identity (for example, Jewish, Muslim, Christian, atheist, humanist, etc.) and how it shapes the way you live in the world.
    • Significant ways that you have been involved with others who share you own religious or philosophical identity
    • Significant ways that you have been involved with others who have a different religious or philosophical identity than your own –OR– reasons you would like to be involved with people religiously different from yourself
    • Your current understanding of what it means to be a leader and why the ability to work across lines of religious difference is important to being a leader
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