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Hendrix Senior Receives 2024 Workman Grant for Summer Ministry Internship

Sarah Ross ’25 to serve in Frisco, Texas

Sarah Ross '25 is shown stopping for a photo while hiking.CONWAY, Arkansas (June 6, 2024)—Sarah Ross ’25 of Bryan, Texas, has been announced as this year’s recipient of the $2,600 Elizabeth T. and John S. Workman Summer Project Grant.

Ross, a member of A&M UMC in College Station, Texas, is spending her summer serving with First United Methodist Church of Frisco, Texas, with the Rev. Luke Thompson as her mentor. She will be leading weekly Bible study, preaching, and building the congregation’s outreach and hospitality ministries.

“The reason I chose to take this path for the grant is because I feel called to the profession of pastoral ministry,” said Ross. “This is a church that is vibrant and wanting to grow and try new things and I feel this is the perfect environment to learn and develop in my skills needed to serve as a pastor of the United Methodist Church.”

“Sarah is an outstanding student who is passionate about living and sharing the Christian faith and has been exploring and growing in her calling through a variety of internships and ministry roles,” said Hendrix Chaplain the Rev. Ellen Alston ’82. “This summer she is diving into a context that will require her to integrate advanced leadership skills, writing, and relational ministry needed for the church’s faithful witness in a new and challenging season. We’re excited to hear about her experiences and learnings when she returns to Hendrix this fall.”

The grant honors the late John S. Workman ’50, who died in 2014. As a Hendrix student, Workman founded Campus Kitty, the student philanthropic organization that still exists today, and was student body president. A United Methodist minister and journalist, he was the fifth in a line of Methodist ministers in the Workman family stretching back to the earliest days of Methodism in America. 

Workman served in the U.S. Army in the Pacific, Japan, and Korea. He earned degrees from Hendrix and Southern Methodist University and received honorary doctorate degrees from Hendrix and Philander Smith College (now Philander Smith University). He served on the Hendrix Board of Trustees from 1987 to 1993, and in 1992, he received Hendrix’s Ethel K. Millar Award for Religion and Social Awareness. He served as religion editor for the Arkansas Gazette and was one of Arkansas’ most respected and influential voices on religion and its importance in American life. The grant is made possible by a gift from Workman’s wife, Elizabeth T. Workman ’50 (1928-2022) and her family. Read more about the Workman Grant

“Sarah is now part of a great tradition, and I’ll look forward to reading her summary report in a few months,” said the Workmans’ son, John Workman, Jr. ’75, who enjoys following how each year’s recipient uses the Workman Grant and what they learn from the experiences it makes possible.

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