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KIPP Blytheville Becomes Hendrix College’s Newest Aspire Scholarship Partner

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CONWAY, Ark. (October 13, 2017) – Hendrix College and KIPP Delta Public Schools finalized yesterday an agreement that will offer new Hendrix Aspire Scholarships to cover up to the full cost of attendance for a number of Federal Pell Grant-eligible students graduating from KIPP Blytheville Collegiate High School. Aspire Scholarships support the College’s commitment to making Hendrix accessible for qualified Arkansas students regardless of income level, and to encouraging diversity among the student body.

Hendrix covers up to the full cost of attendance—including tuition, fees, on-campus housing, and meal plans—for selected students from each Hendrix Aspire partner school. In addition, Hendrix provides academic support services with the goal of ensuring that Aspire Scholarship recipients graduate in four years. The cohort-based program addresses common challenges among the students it serves.

Hendrix President William M. Tsutsui signed an updated Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Scott Shirey, Executive Director of KIPP Delta Public Schools, at a signing ceremony on the evening of October 12 at KIPP Blytheville Collegiate High School. This MOU expands upon the previous MOU with KIPP, which included only the KIPP Delta Schools in Helena-West Helena.

“We are delighted to add KIPP Blytheville Collegiate High School to our Hendrix Aspire Scholarship agreement with KIPP Delta,” said Tsutsui. “KIPP Schools prepare students for the college classroom, inspiring and challenging them in ways that contribute directly to their success in higher education. Making Hendrix an affordable option for these students will enrich their lives and the life of the entire College, as well.”

Established in spring 2015, the Hendrix Aspire Scholarship program includes as partners the Arkansas Commitment program, Episcopal Collegiate School, KIPP Delta Public Schools, Little Rock Catholic High School for Boys, Little Rock Central High School, Mount St. Mary Academy, and Pulaski Academy. There are currently 34 Hendrix students receiving Aspire Scholarships, including 12 who graduated from KIPP Delta in Helena-West Helena.

View photos of the October 12 event

About KIPP

KIPP—the Knowledge Is Power Program—is a national network of 209 public charter schools that are dedicated to preparing students in educationally underserved communities for success in college and life. KIPP schools are part of the free public school system and enrollment is open to all students. Started in 1994 as a middle school program, KIPP has since expanded to enroll students in all grades from pre-K through high school.

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