- Associated Press - Saturday, August 27, 2016

CONWAY, Ark. (AP) - Hendrix College says it has reached a goal to meet a $1 million challenge grant from an Oklahoma-based foundation.

The college in Conway needed to raise $2 million in new gifts and pledges by September to meet the challenge from the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Arkansas Business reports (https://bit.ly/2bZ1nKE ) that the school plans to use the money to build a welcome center at the northeast entrance to campus. The new building will house the admission and financial aid offices.

Last year, Hendrix received a $26 million gift from the estate of Mary Ann Dawkins to support scholarships, promote college affordability and launch the school’s fundraising effort for the new welcome center.

Dawkins, whose parents founded Coulson Oil Co., died in 2014.

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