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Hendrix College Completes $2 Million Mabee Challenge

CONWAY, Ark. (April 8, 2022) – Hendrix College completed a $2 million challenge  from the Mabee Foundation this spring to support the $9.2 million Residence Hall Renewal Project .

Hendrix has raised $9,228,935 from 129 donors, surpassing its original goal to fund the renovations of historic Martin and Veasey Halls, which will re-open to students in fall 2022.

“We are so grateful to our alumni, donors, and friends of the College whose generous support made this project possible,” said Hendrix President Ellis Arnold. “They were inspired by the lifelong friendships they formed at Hendrix, and their generosity means that future generations of students will make cherished memories on campus.

“We are looking forward to Martin and Veasey once again being vital parts of campus life in the fall of 2022,” said Arnold. “The renovation of these two beloved residence halls in the heart of campus represents our priority to enhance the student experience at Hendrix.”

The Residence Hall Renewal Project is part of A Time to Lead, the College’s $150 million campaign. Earlier this year, Hendrix announced that it had secured $146 million in gifts and pledges (including $33 million raised in the past 14 months) toward its fundraising goal.  

About the Mabee Foundation

The Mabee Foundation was formed in 1948 by John and Lottie Mabee. Hard workers, innovative entrepreneurs, and shrewd investors, they built an impressive business and were gracious and generous as they shared their financial blessings with others through various forms of philanthropy. Since its inception, the Mabee Foundation has grown to a value of over $1.5 billion and has made grants totaling over $1.5 billion. Mabee Foundation Challenge Grants have enabled many organizations to finish projects in a timely fashion and, in the process, to build their bases of support in such a way as to help ensure the health of the organizations for the long-term. Learn more at

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