Hendrix Receives $1 Million Gift from Sturgis Trust

CONWAY, Ark. (July 17, 2013) – Hendrix College has received a $1 million gift from the Roy and Christine Sturgis Trust of Dallas, Texas.

The award will support the completion of the College’s athletics facilities master plan, according to Acting President W. Ellis Arnold III.

Hendrix is completing its new 1,500-seat Young-Wise Memorial Stadium, an indoor tennis center, and a sports training facility at the north end zone of the stadium that will serve Hendrix athletes. Total cost for the three facilities will be approximately $6 million.

“The Roy and Christine Sturgis Charitable Trust is excited to award Hendrix College a grant to help complete its wellness and athletics master plan,” said Robert R. Fox, associate vice president and philanthropic relationship manager for U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management, on behalf of the Sturgis Trust.

The 18,000-sq.-ft. sports training facility will bear the Sturgis name in recognition of the Sturgis Trust’s support, Arnold said.

“We are deeply grateful to the Sturgis Trust for its generous support of our NCAA Division III athletics program,” said Arnold. “We hope this grant will serve as a catalyst to inspire others to support our scholar-athletes.” 

The $1 million gift is the largest award Hendrix has received from the Sturgis Trust, Arnold added.

Hendrix, a founding member of the NCAA Division III Southern Athletic Association conference, will play its first intercollegiate football game since 1960 against Westminster College of Fulton, Mo., on Saturday, Sept. 7 at Young-Wise Stadium. The stadium will be officially dedicated on Saturday, Nov. 9, when Hendrix plays fellow SAA conference member Rhodes College of Memphis, Tenn.

Founded in 1876, Hendrix College is a national leader in engaged liberal arts and sciences education. For the fifth consecutive year, Hendrix was named one of the country’s “Up and Coming” liberal arts colleges by U.S. News and World Report. Hendrix is featured in the 2012 edition of the Princeton Review as one of the country’s best 377 colleges, the latest edition of Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think about Colleges, Forbes magazine's annual list of America's Top 650 Colleges, and the 2013 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges. Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. For more information, visit www.hendrix.edu.