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Hendrix-Murphy Foundation Presents Book Award to Five High School Juniors

CONWAY, Ark. (April 30, 2020) – The Hendrix-Murphy Foundation has announced five high school juniors as recipients of the 2020 Hendrix-Murphy Book Award:

  • Kinda Abou-Hamdam, Liberal Arts & Science Academy (Austin, Texas)
  • Maggie Batson, Conway (Arkansas) High School
  • Stella Burnett, Community High School of Arts and Academics (Roanoke, Virginia)
  • Ella Langridge, El Dorado (Arkansas) High School
  • Allie Parkinson, Little Rock (Arkansas) Christian Academy

The Foundation offers the Hendrix-Murphy Book Award to selected outstanding high school juniors who demonstrate distinguished scholarship or leadership in literary studies (English), creative writing, foreign languages, or dramaturgy, or achievement in community service relating to literature or language (such as literacy work, tutoring in language arts, translation, leading book groups or writing initiatives, etc.). Winners of the award must have a grade-point average of 3.3 or higher on a 4.0 scale in a college-preparatory curriculum. Each honoree receives a copy of The Penguin Anthology of Twentieth-Century American Poetry, edited by Rita Dove.

Students at participating schools may be nominated for the Hendrix-Murphy Book Award by their English, languages, creative writing, or drama teacher, or by their guidance counselor.

“This award provides a way of recognizing high school juniors with demonstrated excellence in literature and language,” said Hope Coulter, director of the Hendrix-Murphy Foundation. “Currently we offer the award at 10 high schools around the region that have a strong relationship with Hendrix College. Our hope is that in addition to providing well deserved recognition for these individuals, the award raises the visibility of Hendrix and the Murphy Scholars Program for the winners as well as their classmates.”

The Hendrix-Murphy Book Award began in conjunction with the Murphy Scholars Program, which provides selected students a variety of mentored, cocurricular experiences that deepen their knowledge of literature and language. Any Hendrix student with a passion for these subjects may apply to be a Murphy Scholar, regardless of their major. Murphy Scholars gain an added layer of distinction in literature and language that enriches their perspectives and their lives.

About the Hendrix-Murphy Foundation

Hendrix-Murphy Foundation programs enrich and enhance the study of literature and language at Hendrix College, both for the college community as a whole and for students with intensive interest in those areas. The late Mr. Charles H. Murphy, Jr., former Chair of the Board of Murphy Oil Corporation and former member of the Hendrix Board of Trustees, established the Foundation in 1978 in memory of his mother, Mrs. Bertie Wilson Murphy. A 1905 graduate of Galloway Women’s College—which later became part of Hendrix College—Mrs. Murphy possessed a lifelong love of literature and language, to which these programs are exclusively dedicated.

About Hendrix College

A private liberal arts college in Conway, Arkansas, Hendrix College consistently earns recognition as one of the country’s leading liberal arts institutions, and is featured in Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges. Its academic quality and rigor, innovation, and value have established Hendrix as a fixture in numerous college guides, lists, and rankings. Founded in 1876, Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. To learn more, visit