Hendrix College Receives $150,000 Grant from The United Methodist Foundation

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.