LITTLE ROCK, ARK. (December 30, 2015) – Hendrix
College in Conway will receive a $150,000 grant over the next three years from
The United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas as a part of a capital campaign to
build the new Mary Ann and David Dawkins Welcome Center on its campus. This
commitment enables the Foundation to name the center’s Conference Room in
memory of Richard and Gertrude Butler.
“To successfully recruit the best and brightest students and
provide ample space for all guests to access the campus, Hendrix needs a
Welcome Center that is friendly and inviting,” said Jim Argue, UMFA President
and CEO. “UMFA is pleased to be a part of this project.”
The Hendrix Admission and Financial Aid offices are now
housed in historic 101-year-old Ellis Hall, which is inadequate to support the
thousands of visitors Hendrix hosts each year.
All Hendrix students will pass through the new Welcome
Center at the beginning of their Hendrix experience, a life-changing journey
that prepares them to make a difference in the world.
“I am thrilled that the Foundation
has made a commitment and generous gift to help support the new Welcome
Center,” said Rev. J. Wayne Clark, Associate Vice President of
Development and Dean of the Chapel for Hendrix College.
“This is a great partnership with two United Methodist institutions. How
fitting that the Conference Room in the Welcome Center will be named in memory
of the Butlers. They cared deeply for Hendrix and the United Methodist
Foundation, and we are honored to jointly celebrate their legacy.”
The United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas manages $135
million in endowment funds and other charitable assets that benefit local
churches and other United Methodist ministries. UMFA is one of the largest
United Methodist Foundations in the country. Founded in 1963, UMFA is
responsible for over 750 funds that support United Methodist ministries.