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Hendrix Meets Mabee Foundation Challenge for New Welcome Center

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CONWAY, Ark. (August 26, 2016) – Hendrix College has successfully reached its goal to meet a $1 million challenge grant from the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

The Mabee Foundation’s grant will support the construction of the Mary Ann and David Dawkins Welcome Center at the northeast corner of the Hendrix campus on the site of the former Raney Building. Construction will begin this fall.

The Welcome Center will be the new home of the Hendrix Admission and Financial Aid offices, which are currently located in historic Ellis Hall, a 101-year old building at the south entrance of campus.

“I never get tired of hearing from prospective students and families about how friendly our community is,” said Hendrix President Bill Tsutsui. “The new Welcome Center will make sure that every guest is as excited about their first visit to Hendrix as our freshmen are when they move in and as our alumni are when they reunite with classmates 50 years after graduation.”

The Center honors the extraordinary generosity of Mary Ann and David Dawkins. Hendrix received a  $26 million gift last fall from Mary Ann Dawkins’ estate to support scholarships, promote college affordability and launch the College’s fundraising for the new center.

To meet the $1 million Mabee Challenge, Hendrix had to raise $2 million in new gifts and pledges by September 2016. 

“We are so grateful to the Mabee Foundation for their generosity and commitment to the residential college experience,” said W. Ellis Arnold III, Executive Vice President, Dean of Advancement, and General Counsel. “From the Student Life and Technology Center to the Wellness and Athletics Center, the impact of their longstanding support of capital projects at Hendrix has been nothing less than transformational.”

About Hendrix College

Hendrix College is a private liberal arts college in Conway, Arkansas. Founded in 1876 and affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884, Hendrix is featured in Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think about Colleges and is nationally recognized in numerous college guides, lists, and rankings for academic quality, community, innovation, and value. For more information, visit