Dallas, TX – Dallas Baptist University has received a $1.5 million challenge grant from the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation of Tulsa, Oklahoma, to be used toward the construction of Phase 1 of the Transform Campaign, which will develop the east campus of the University and establish DBU’s first Residential College.
In order to receive the grant, the University must raise the remaining $7 million to complete the project by July 11, 2018.
"We are grateful for this challenge grant provided by the Mabee Foundation," said Dr. Adam C. Wright, DBU President. "The Mabee Foundation has been one of the strongest and most consistent supporters of DBU through the years. They believe in our mission to provide Christ-centered education that will transform future generations of students, and we are so thankful that they have joined us in the construction of this new vision to create a Residential College at DBU."
DBU has received several generous gifts from the Mabee Foundation over the past 20 years. In 1991, the Mabee Foundation issued a challenge grant of $750,000 towards the completion of the John G. Mahler Student Center. The foundation also gave a $1 million grant in 1998 towards the $6.3 million Spence Hall women’s dormitory, a $1 million challenge grant in 2006 to complete the $24 million Patty and Bo Pilgrim Chapel campaign, and a $1 million challenge grant in 2013 to complete construction of $8.4 million Jim and Sally Nation Hall.
The Mabee Foundation was founded in 1948 by John and Lottie Mabee. Currently, the foundation assists religious, charitable and educational organizations in a six-state region, including Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.