Winners of Bethel’s Hendrix Scholarship named

Winners of Bethel’s Hendrix Scholarship named

MCKENZIE, TN – Bethel University officials have announced the winners of the prestigious Hendrix Scholarship.

Edward Wayne Castleman, Jr. of Gleason High School was the grand prize winner. The son of Edward Sr. and Pam Castleman and Debra Baker, Castleman will receive full tuition, room, and board at the school. Castleman will major in History at Bethel this fall.

First runner-up was Benjamin M. Hamilton, son of Mitch and Emily Hamilton. A student at Scotts Hill High School in Reagan, TN, Hamilton plans to major in Fitness and Wellness Promotion at Bethel. Hamilton received full tuition.

The winners were chosen following a rigorous two-day academic competition at the university in March. In order to be eligible, participants had to have a minimum 3.25 GPA and a 23/1130 or above ACT/SAT score. Both the winner and runner-up must maintain a 3.6 GPA to renew the scholarship each year.

Established in 1988, the Hendrix Scholarship Competition is named in honor of Nashville businessman Willard R. Hendrix, who dreamed of connecting qualified and dedicated faculty with outstanding and deserving students. As the grandson of former Bethel University President W.W. Hendrix, the younger Hendrix also wanted to pay tribute to his grandfather, an outstanding educator who reopened the school on a new McKenzie, TN campus after the Civil War. Willard Hendrix established the trust just two months before his death in August 1988.  Worthy students have competed for – and benefitted from -- the prestigious award ever since.

Bethel University is a private institution affiliated with the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Founded in 1842, the school is located in McKenzie, TN. To learn more, go to