CONWAY, Ark. (July 17, 2013) –
Hendrix College has received a $1 million gift from the Roy and Christine
Sturgis Trust of Dallas, Texas.
The award will support the completion of the College’s
athletics facilities master plan, according to Acting President W. Ellis Arnold
Hendrix is completing its new 1,500-seat Young-Wise
Memorial Stadium, an indoor tennis center, and a sports training facility at
the north end zone of the stadium that will serve Hendrix athletes. Total cost
for the three facilities will be approximately $6 million.
“The Roy and Christine Sturgis Charitable Trust is excited
to award Hendrix College a grant to help complete its wellness and athletics
master plan,” said Robert R. Fox, associate vice president and philanthropic
relationship manager for U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management,
on behalf of the Sturgis Trust.
The 18,000-sq.-ft. sports training facility will bear the
Sturgis name in recognition of the Sturgis Trust’s support, Arnold said.
“We are deeply grateful to the Sturgis Trust for its
generous support of our NCAA Division III athletics program,” said Arnold. “We
hope this grant will serve as a catalyst to inspire others to support our
The $1 million gift is the largest award Hendrix has
received from the Sturgis Trust, Arnold added.
Hendrix, a founding member of the NCAA Division III
Southern Athletic Association conference, will play its first intercollegiate
football game since 1960 against Westminster College of Fulton, Mo., on
Saturday, Sept. 7 at Young-Wise Stadium. The stadium will be officially
dedicated on Saturday, Nov. 9, when Hendrix plays fellow SAA conference member
Rhodes College of Memphis, Tenn.
Founded in 1876, Hendrix College is a national leader in
engaged liberal arts and sciences education. For the fifth consecutive year,
Hendrix was named one of the country’s “Up and Coming” liberal arts colleges by
U.S. News and World Report. Hendrix
is featured in the 2012 edition of the Princeton Review as one of the country’s
best 377 colleges, the latest edition of Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change
the Way You Think about Colleges, Forbes magazine's annual
list of America's Top 650 Colleges, and the 2013 edition of the
Fiske Guide to Colleges. Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist
Church since 1884. For more information, visit www.hendrix.edu.