Hendrix College received a $1 million challenge grant from the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation of Tulsa and will use the money for the construction of the Mary Ann and David Dawkins Welcome Center at the northeast entrance to campus.
The new building will house the Hendrix Admission and Financial Aid offices, currently in Ellis Hall, a 101-year-old building at the south entrance of campus.
Earlier this fall, Hendrix received a $26 million gift from Mary Ann Dawkins’ estate to support scholarships, promote college affordability and launch the school’s fundraising effort for the new welcome center.
Hendrix has now raised $4 million in gifts and pledges toward the new center’s $7 million total cost. The Mabee Foundation will award $1 million to complete the project if Hendrix raises an additional $2 million by September 2016.
“We are so grateful to the Mabee Foundation for their longstanding support of capital projects at Hendrix from the Student Life and Technology Center to the Wellness and Athletics Center,” Hendrix President Bill Tsutsui said in a news release. “Our growth and strength as an institution is a direct result of the Mabee Foundation’s generosity and commitment to the residential college experience.”
In addition to the new Welcome Center, the metal pedestrian bridge that has spanned Harkrider Street for decades will be refurbished and upgraded. The project is scheduled to begin in late 2016, following the completion of the Mabee Challenge.