From conducting research on cancerous tumor growth to observing rural medical practices on the edge of the Kalahari desert, Hendrix students will continue to have access to unique and exciting hands-on learning experiences thanks to a recent $250,000 grant from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations of Jacksonville, Fla. 

The grant will support the endowment of Your Hendrix Odyssey: Engaging in Active Learning, the College’s innovative engaged learning initiative that requires all students complete a minimum of three hands-on learning experiences, from internships to international study. Students may apply — on a competitive grants basis — for financial support to underwrite an Odyssey project. Since the inception of Your Hendrix Odyssey in 2005, Hendrix has awarded more than $1.5 million in project grants. 

Previously, Hendrix received the Foundations’ 2005 Excellence Award, which also supported the Odyssey Program, as well as a grant in 2004.

"We are grateful to the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations for their generous support of Your Hendrix Odyssey," Hendrix President J. Timothy Cloyd said. "The endorsement of one of the country’s top philanthropic foundations is tremendous affirmation.

"Odyssey has become a national model for engaged liberal arts education. It has brought national recognition and — most importantly — has attracted record numbers of talented students to Hendrix."

In the fall, Hendrix was named the country’s No. 1 "Up and Coming" Liberal Arts College by U.S. News and World Report for the second consecutive year. Also in the fall, the College announced a record student enrollment. 

Much of the credit for this recognition belongs to Odyssey, Cloyd said. 

"Through engaged learning, students connect the knowledge they gain inside the classroom with the experience they gain through activities such as internships, undergraduate research, and service," he said.

The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations’ award will help Hendrix meet a $2 million challenge grant from the Willard and Pat Walker Charitable Foundation of northwest Arkansas for the Odyssey endowment. 

Hendrix recently announced the successful completion of the largest campaign in its history. The college received $101,374,411 in gifts and pledges from alumni, friends, and foundations, surpassing its $100 million goal three months before the campaign’s official close in December 2010.