ATHENS – When he’s not out hunting, fishing, playing basketball with friends or competing as a state-level university swimmer, Luke Hendrix has taken a look at another prize: attending the University of Georgia, just like his father.
For Hendrix, an incoming biologist at the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, the journey to graduation is about to become even more enriching: Hendrix has just been named one of the university’s newest fellows.
“I learned about the Foundation Fellowship scholarship program while studying UGA scholarships,” he said. “I was really interested in maximizing my opportunities at the university and the Foundation scholarship seemed appropriate. And there were travel opportunities that interested me.
“I applied for it in the hope of being elected, but I realized that only a few were elected each year. It was a great honor for me to know that I had entered, and I am very grateful. “
Founded in 1972 by the trustees of the UGA Foundation, the Foundation Fellowship is the university’s most important student scholarship, placing students in a community of such dedicated scholars. It is housed within Morehead Honors College.
In addition to offering a scholarship that is close to the cost of participating in UGA, the foundation’s scholarship also includes a May training session at Oxford University immediately after the first year of a student at UGA – Hendrix’s class will have the opportunity to study in England at 2023. Fellows also study abroad and in the United States through individual travel and study scholarships, spring group travel and study programs, and scholarships for research and academic conferences.
“We are excited that Luke is a fellow of the foundation,” said Meg Amstutz, interim associate rector and dean of Morehead Honors College. “His academic qualifications are exceptional, but it is his commitment to the community and leadership that sets him apart.”
The process begins with an application period in late August, followed by an interview weekend in late February. Finalists selected to receive the Foundation Scholarship will be notified immediately after the weekend of the interview.
Applicants must meet a series of requirements, including maintaining a minimum of 3.40 cumulative grade point average for a bachelor’s degree, taking a minimum of 12 hours per semester, and contributing to campus and / or the local community. A full list of benefits and requirements can be found at honors.uga.edu.
In addition to participating in his FFA chapter throughout his four years in high school, Jessup-born Hendrix served in several roles on the Wayne County High School Student Council, serving as vice president of the Georgia Student Council Association in 2020-21. and was chairman of the Wayne County School Superintendent Student Advisory Board in 2021-22. Hendrix also serves his community through the First Baptist Church youth group, which focuses on hurricane programming, community cleansing for senior members, and more.
Even with an already long list of accomplishments, Hendrix knew that CAES was where he wanted to be for the next step in his education. With the goal achieved, he has already turned his attention to the next goal on his list.
“After college, I plan to go to medical school and then return home to practice medicine with my father,” he said. Hendrix’s father, Dr. Lance Hendrix, received a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and molecular biology from the UGA and Sciences Franklin College of Arts in 1998. “I also want to help run our family’s pecan farm so I can returned to a city that has poured so much into me. “
Learn more about the honors.uga.edu Foundation Scholarship.
Jordan Powers is a public relations coordinator and writer for the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.