Bethel’s Hendrix Scholarship winner named

Bethel’s Hendrix Scholarship winner named

Posted: Friday, March 4, 2011 2:44 pm

Erin Swindle of Tampa, Fla., is Bethel University’s 2011 Hendrix Scholarship winner. Swindle competed against more than 30 other candidates who were invited to sit for the competition. She was chosen based on competition examination scores and an interview process. 

 As the winner of the Hendrix Scholarship, Swindle will earn full tuition, room and board at Bethel. Swindle attends Plant City High School, and she is an active member of Christ Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Lutz, Fla. Swindle, who plans to major in exceptional learning and development, is the daughter of Thomas and Melinda Swindle.

Anna Shepherd of Germantown was the runner-up in the competition and will earn full tuition. Shepherd attends Germantown High School and is an active member of First Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Olive Branch, Miss. The daughter of Douglass and Kelly Shepherd, she plans to major in child learning and development. 

Swindle and Shepherd can both renew their scholarships each year as long as they maintain a 3.6 grade point average (GPA).

Other students who were invited to take part in the competition will be considered for Bethel’s remaining institutional grants. Students from Weakley County included Kelsey Fields of Dresden, Jacob Johnson of Greenfield and Nicholas Ruddell of Dresden.

The Bethel University Hendrix Scholarship was established in 1988 by Willard R. Hendrix, a successful Nashville civic leader and businessman who had a great desire to bring qualified and dedicated faculty into contact with outstanding and deserving students. 

Bethel University is affiliated with the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. The 169-year-old school offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees through both classroom and online settings. For more information about Bethel University, go to     

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