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 prestigious award.

About the Competition

The competition, which will be held in November this 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 other institutional 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 transcript

4.      Submit official ACT or SAT scores

*Letters of recommendation may be requested.


When is the deadline to apply?

The 2017 Hendrix Competition will be held November 11 and 12, 2016. The deadline for applications will be November 4, 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 November 11 and 12, 2016.


Hendrix Winner and Runner-Up 2016


 Winner -- Emily Hunt

Emily Hunt is the 2016 Hendrix Scholarship Competition winner. She is from Paris, Tennessee. Emily is the daughter of D.J. Hunt and Mary Smith.  She attends Henry County High School. Her intended major at Bethel will be Psychology. Emily attends Paris First United Methodist Church.


Runner-Up -- Megan Stevens

Megan Stevens is the 2016 Hendrix Scholarship Competition runner-up. She is from Stantonville, Tennessee. Megan is the daughter of Jess Stevens and Anita Stevens.  She attends McNairy Central High School. Her intended major at Bethel will be Business. She is interested in the Renaissance Program. Megan  attends 4th Street Church of Christ.