Hendrix Scholarship

About the Hendrix Scholarship

The Hendrix Scholarship Competition is a premier program established in 1988 by Mr. Willard R. Hendrix of Nashville, Tennessee. Hendrix was a successful Nashville civic leader and businessman who had a great desire to bring qualified and dedicated faculty into contact with outstanding and deserving students. The establishment of the Hendrix Endowment Trust and the Hendrix Scholarship Competition are the fulfillment of one of Mr. Hendrix’s dreams. As the grandson of Bethel University President W.W. Hendrix, the younger Hendrix wanted to pay tribute to his grandfather, who had earned the reputation of outstanding educator. It was President Hendrix who reopened Bethel University on a new McKenzie, Tennessee campus after the Civil War. Willard Hendrix established the trust just two months before his death in August 1988. Since that time, students have been competing for the prestigous award.

About the Competition

The competition, which occurs in February of each year, is a two-day event where students are tested in academic ability. The winner of the competition will earn full tuition, room and board. A runner-up will earn full tuition. All others who compete will be considered for Bethel’s remaining institutional grants. Click here for information on other institution-sponsored scholarships and grants.


Am I eligible for this scholarship?

In order to be considered for the Hendrix Competition, you must be a high school senior with at least a 3.25 GPA and a 23/*1050 or above ACT/SAT score. The winner and runner up must maintain a 3.6 GPA to renew the scholarship each year.

*The 1050 SAT score is a combination of Critical Reading and Math only.


How do I enter the competition?

In order to be considered for the Hendrix Competition, the following is required:
1.      Apply for admission
2.      Apply for competition
3.      Submit official 7th semester transcript
4.      Submit official ACT or SAT scores.

*Letters of recommendation may be requested.


When is the deadline to apply?

The competition will be held February 19 and 20, 2016. The deadline for applications will be February 12,  2016.  Also, don’t forget to forward transcripts, test scores and recommendations by this date.

When will I know if I've been accepted to the competition?

You will be notified once you submit all necessary documentation and are accepted for admission.


When is the Hendrix Scholarship Competition? 

The Hendrix Scholarship Competition will be held in February 19 and 20, 2016.


Hendrix Winner and Runner-Up 2015

 Winner -- Luke Cagle


Luke is the son of Ginger and Gil Cagle. He is from Linden, Tennessee and is a senior at Perry County High School. Luke attends  New Life Christian Church in Linden. His major will be Business  with Emphasis in Accounting. Luke has showed interest in the Renaissance Program.


Runner-Up -- Vernon "Trey" Cook, III


Vernon “Trey” is the son of Ann Marie and Vernon Ray Cook, Jr. He is from McEwen, Tennessee and is a senior at McEwen High School. Trey attends Westgate Church in Dickson. His major will be Christian Studies. Trey has also showed interest in the Renaissance Program.