Volume XIII, Issue 1

  Long Term Gifts for Long-Term Growth


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 three different types of endowed funds. We have one partially endowed chair, the Marvin Mayers Endowed Chair of Applied Anthropology. Endowed faculty chairs recognize the continued contributions of senior-level faculty as well as providing funds to push the frontiers of their scholarship. The funds can propel research, help pay student workers or create opportunities for collaboration with scholars around the world.

We also currently have six 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
      • Ruth Newhouse Endowed Scholarship – funds scholarships for graduate students
      • Bethel Bowers Blount Endowed Scholarship – funds scholarships for graduate students

In addition to these, the Schrag Lecture Series Endowment was recently established. This endowed fund provides resources for a lecture series in World Arts.

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.


Eduard Alekseyev Endowed Scholarship


Dr. Eduard Alekseyev (L) with Dr. Robin Harris of DIU

Dallas International University is excited to announce full funding of the Eduard Alekseyev Endowed Scholarship for World Arts thanks to the generosity of people like you! The Alekseyev Scholarship provides tuition support to qualified students who, prior to studying within the World Arts Program, have demonstrated through fieldwork that they possess an outstanding potential for serving cross-culturally as a World Arts Specialist.

Thank you for giving so that we can continue providing high-quality training that makes a worldwide impact! Read more.



Where Are They Now!

Steven Miller


Steve, a 2019 graduate of Dallas Int’l, now serves in Papua New Guinea as a Field Linguist focusing on research in support of translation projects. He also works in support of the Edolo Bible Translation project, back translating I Thessalonians from Edolo to English.



20th Anniversary Celebration


You’re Invited

Please join us in celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Dallas International University. God has faithfully blessed us in countless ways. As we celebrate what he has done, we also want to ask his blessing for the future.


January 24, 2020
Dessert Social – 6:30 PM
Program – 7:00 PM
ILC Event Center



An offering will be taken for the
Anniversary Endowed Scholarship Fund.


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Dallas International University admits students of any race, color, and national or ethnic origin. All designated gifts (except endowment gifts) are assessed 10% to cover administration and fund-raising expenses.