LULAC Arkansas Council Becomes Hendrix College’s Newest Partner in Aspire Scholarship Program

Hendrix College and the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) of Arkansas have finalized an agreement that will offer Hendrix Aspire Scholarships to cover up to the full cost of attendance for a number of Federal Pell Grant-eligible students of Latinx heritage. Aspire Scholarships support the College’s commitment to making Hendrix accessible for qualified Arkansas students regardless of income level, and to encouraging diversity among the student body.

LULAC Council 750 President/Deputy State Director Dr. Andre Guerrero, left, and Hendrix College President William M. Tsutsui sign a Memorandum of Understanding formalizing LULAC as a partner in the Hendrix Aspire Scholarship program.

Hendrix covers up to the full cost of attendance—including tuition, fees, on-campus housing, and meal plans—for selected students affiliated with each Hendrix Aspire partner school or organization. In addition, Hendrix provides academic support services with the goal of ensuring that Aspire Scholarship recipients graduate in four years. The cohort-based program addresses common challenges among the students it serves.

Hendrix President William M. Tsutsui and LULAC Council 750 President/Deputy State Director Dr. Andre Guerrero signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at a ceremony on Thursday, November 1 in the Mary Ann and David Dawkins Welcome Center on the Hendrix campus.

“After years of working with LULAC, we are thrilled to formalize this partnership as a component of the Aspire Scholarship program,” said Tsutsui. “LULAC’s investment in Aspire will help make Hendrix an affordable option for more students, and will enrich these students’ lives and the life of the entire College.”

“LULAC has designated Hendrix a Latino Destination Campus,” said LULAC of Arkansas University/College Liaison Dr. Terry Trevino-Richard, who spoke at the signing. “We were proud to honor Hendrix with the University Service Award at this year’s LULAC Scholarship Banquet Gala. The Aspire Scholarship program builds on this foundation of cooperation, and provides even more opportunities for LULAC and Hendrix to work together for the benefit of students.”

Established in spring 2015, the Hendrix Aspire Scholarship program includes as partners the Arkansas Commitment program, Episcopal Collegiate School, KIPP Blytheville Collegiate High School, KIPP Delta Collegiate High School, Little Rock Catholic High School for Boys, Little Rock Central High School, Mount St. Mary Academy, Pulaski Academy, and now LULAC. There are currently 44 students attending Hendrix on Aspire Scholarships.