Odyssey Endowment

You learn more when you do more. That’s the educational philosophy behind Your Hendrix Odyssey: Engaging in Active Learning, a cornerstone of the Hendrix curriculum since 2005. With six categories of projects and plenty of flexibility, the Odyssey Program encourages all Hendrix students to embark on educational adventures that are personalized to their own interests and abilities. You can learn more about the Odyssey program on its website.

Odyssey Program Endowments

Hendrix is committed to ensuring that these types of powerful learning experiences are possible for all students, and the Odyssey Program endowment makes these experiences possible. The Odyssey Program endowment began with a challenge grant of $2 million from the Willard and Pat Walker Foundation. There are now 39 named Odyssey endowment funds that support grants to Hendrix students and faculty for engaged learning activities. From research to determine an effective treatment for prostate cancer to an internship with a rural health clinic in a remote area of Namibia or volunteering with a recycling program in Panama, Odyssey projects reflect the diverse interests and passions of Hendrix students.

A named Hendrix Odyssey endowment begins with a gift of $25,000. Your endowment can be designated to support student Odyssey experiences in a specific category.

This past year Hendrix students received Odyssey grants to interview and photograph pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago de Compostela in Spain, observe new methods for teaching literacy in New Zealand, volunteer at a medical clinic in Nicaragua, and conduct research to determine the contributions of specific muscles to breathing in the bottlenose dolphin.

Odyssey Professorships

A gift of $50,000 or more can endow a named Odyssey Professorship. The Odyssey Professorships are offered to faculty for periods of up to three years. Individual faculty members or small groups of faculty members may apply on a competitive basis for the professorships, which carry an endowment to support faculty projects that create new engaged learning opportunities, such as undergraduate research, for students. Recently, Dr. Jennifer Penner and Dr. Jennifer Peszka of the psychology department received an Odyssey Professorship to conduct research exploring the role of the frontal lobe of the brain in dating and mating decision making. Their work will support undergraduate research experiences for at least 30 Hendrix students.