Hendrix Scholarship Celebrates 25th Year





On Feb. 22-23, 2013, Bethel University will celebrate a momentous occasion when its Hendrix Scholarship Competition celebrates its 25th anniversary. The Hendrix Scholarship is the school’s most prestigious scholarship with the annual winner earning full tuition, room and board. The runner up each year earns full tuition at Bethel.

     The Hendrix Scholarship Competition was established in 1988 by Mr. Willard R. Hendrix of Nashville, Tenn. 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 reopened Bethel University on a new McKenzie campus after its devastating hit during the Civil War.

     Twenty-five years after its inception, the Hendrix competition continues to give deserving students scholarship money.

     Student C.J. Cassell of Nashville said the scholarship money is just part of the benefit of being a Hendrix Scholarship recipient.

     “The friends I met at the Hendrix competition have been the most supportive, studious friends I’ve met on campus,” Cassell said. “They are majorly responsible for my current and continued academic success.”    

     “We always look forward to the Hendrix Scholarship Competition,” said Tina Hodges, Dean of Enrollment Services for the College of Liberal Arts. “It brings some of the best and brightest students to our campus, and they get to not only compete in the competition, but they get a real feel of our very special Bethel atmosphere.”

     The Hendrix Scholarship Competition is a two-day event geared toward traditional undergraduate students who are invited to compete in both an academic examination and in an interview process.

     Hodges said to be considered for the Hendrix Competition, a student must be a high school senior with at least a 3.25 GPA and a 24/1090 or above ACT/SAT score.   

     Those interested in learning more about Bethel’s Hendrix Scholarship Competition should contact the Office of Enrollment Services at 731-352-4030 or at

     “We’re very proud of the Hendrix Scholarship tradition,” said Mike Parker, Vice President for Development/COO. “It very much represents the level of academic excellence we all strive for here at Bethel, and now we are headed into the next 25 years of this rich and meaningful tradition. I know Mr. Willard Hendrix would be so proud, and we are so grateful to him and his family for his vision and his generosity.”