Scholarship endowment created to honor Dr. Sarah Hendrix

By Jay Stancil

For the Mountain Advocate

BARBOURVILLE, Ky. – Two colleagues of a fallen Union College professor are working to honor her memory with a scholarship endowment to support generations of social work students.

Dr. Martha Ellison and Dr. Melinda Rice announced recently the establishment of the Dr. Sarah Hendrix Endowed Scholarship. The scholarship will further Hendrix’s legacy of “educating first generation baccalaureate social work students who have demonstrated academic achievement and financial need.”

“Dr. Hendrix’s passions were working with first generation college students, educating future social work practitioners, serving as a foster parent and working with community groups to help enhance the quality of life for residents of Knox, Whitley and Laurel counties,” Dr. Ellison said.

“Dr. Hendrix left positive marks in the lives of those with whom she interacted and was a valued member of the Union College and Knox County communities,” added Dr. Rice. “It is to this end this scholarship is being established to help further her life’s work.”

Dr. Hendrix passed away tragically on Feb. 11.

Dr. Hendrix earned an undergraduate degree from Centre College, Danville, a MSW form the University of Kentucky, and a Doctorate in Social Work from the University of Louisville. Her social work career spanned 28 years and included the following: Social Work Program Director and educator, Union College; Director of Student Support Services, Union College; Division Director of Family Services for the Department of Social Services with the Lexington-Fayette Urban county Government; Substance Abuse Consultant; and the Executive Director of an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) which served 50 businesses; and an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) consultant with companies such as Proctor & Gamble, Toyota, and St. Vincent De Paul Society.

In addition to their professional lives, Dr. Hendrix and her husband Kevin were beekeepers. They sold their honey at the Knox and Whitley County Farmer’s Markets and at local festivals, such as the Redbud Festival in Barbourville. They also conducted workshops throughout the area for the University of Kentucky Agricultural Department and at the Redbud Festival demonstrating beekeeping and honey extraction.

The Dr. Hendrix Scholarship will be made available to Union College students in the immediate future. This scholarship, as well as the many others available at Union, provides financial assistance to hundreds of students each year. These scholarships aid in recruitment and retention of students by supporting those who demonstrate academic promise, interest in a certain field of study and/or financial need.

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To give directly to the Dr. Sarah Hendrix Endowed Scholarship fund, please visit email or call us at (606) 546-1659.