In July of 2017, the estate of William Edward Harms bequeathed to Dallas International University a gift for the establishment of an endowed scholarship in honor of Bethel Bowers Blount. Mrs. Blount served with SIL in Mexico for many years while single. After retirement, she married Turner Blount. Although we are unclear as to how Mr. Harms and Mrs. Blount met, it is certain that Mr. Harms admired Mrs. Blount’s work in the Bible translation movement and wished to honor her service. Endowments, such as this, are a meaningful way our partners can support the work we do.
Endowments are a specific type of long-term gift that helps provide scholarships to students and fund expert faculty chairs to train students for future service. Here’s how that works: An endowment supports initiatives not just for one year, or even one generation, but in perpetuity because endowment gifts are invested rather than being spent. The principle remains untouched while we use the investment income to fund scholarships or academic chairs as directed. Your endowment gifts are a long-term investment in the preparation of workers for the harvest.
At present, we have eight endowed funds that provide scholarships for students:
- William Caruth III Endowed Scholarship – funds scholarships for graduate students
- A. W. Tozer Endowed Scholarship – funds scholarships for Bible Translators
- Anniversary Endowed Scholarship – funds scholarships for graduate students
- Paul Walter Family Endowed Scholarship – funds scholarships for graduate students
- Alekseyev Endowed Scholarship – funds scholarships for World Arts students (see video here)
- Ruth Newhouse Endowed Scholarship – funds scholarships for graduate students
- Bethel Bowers Blount Endowed Scholarship – funds scholarships for graduate students
- Margaret Johnson Endowed Scholarship – funds scholarships for students preparing for cross-cultural service in Literacy or Applied Linguistics
- Seeds of Grace Endowed Scholarship – funds scholarships for female graduate students preparing for cross-cultural service
You can participate in long-term gifts in several ways:
- Contribute to an existing endowed fund
- Create a new endowed fund (minimum of $10,000 for scholarships; $25,000 for faculty chairs – $1.5 million will fully fund an endowed faculty chair including naming rights)
- Designate a portion of your estate to DIU
Your long-term gifts to Dallas Int’l help us grow our capacity to pour well-educated workers into the Bible Translation and Great Commission movements with the goal of ending Bible poverty.