Hendrix College will add half a million dollars to fund its inclusion and diversity efforts after receiving a grant, school officials announced.

The $500,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is to be spent over the next three years on efforts that include "introducing inclusive pedagogies, diversifying the curriculum and developing engaged learning experiences in diverse and multicultural settings for students," according to a news release.

"Increasing the diversity and inclusiveness of our community at every level is one of our highest priorities," Hendrix President Bill Tsutsui said. "We are so grateful to the Mellon Foundation for recognizing this critical need and supporting our work to make Hendrix more welcoming to all."

The money will also be used toward academic support services for Hendrix Aspire Scholarship recipients, of whom 50 percent are underrepresented minorities and 36 percent are first-generation college students.

The grant will allow the new Office of Community Partnerships to "expand its partnerships and internship opportunities for community-based learning in diverse and multicultural settings, including the Arkansas Delta," the release stated.

The grant is just the latest support Hendrix has received from the foundation which previously supported studying the writing program, designing the engaged citizen course for freshman, educational technology and interdisciplinary course development, school officials said.