Wayland celebrates endowed Abraham Scholarship

September 15, 2014

PLAINVIEW – Longtime Canadian residents Dr. Malouf Abraham and his wife Therese were on campus at Wayland Baptist University Wednesday where they were recognized and honored with an endowed scholarship in their name.

No strangers to Wayland, the Abraham’s were key benefactors in the completion of the Mabee Learning Resources Center. Avid art collectors, the Abraham’s designed and contributed to the Malouf Abraham Art Gallery located on the atrium level of the LRC. The art gallery opened in 1997 when Dr. Abraham and then WBU President Dr. Wallace Davis hung the first art exhibit, Norman Rockwell’s “First Day of School.”

Since that time, the gallery has hosted numerous art shows and students have greatly benefitted from the generosity of the Abraham’s. As a result, Professor of Art and Curator of the Art Gallery Dr. Candace Keller wanted to honor the Abrahams with an endowed scholarship in their name. Proceeds from the gallery were collected for the scholarship throughout the years and when the Abrahams found out about the fund, they, too, made a sizeable donation. The Abrahams have also endowed a scholarship in his father’s name.

Wayland Baptist University President Dr. Paul Armes expressed his gratitude on behalf of the university for the Abrahams’ generosity.

“The Abrahams have been a very important part, an integral part of the life of the university for a long time,” Armes said. “You are wonderful examples of folks who have taken Wayland to their heart and have supported us financially, emotionally, and artistically, and we want you to know that we are very, very grateful.”

Director of Donor Relations Hope English also thanked the Abrahams.

“This is a season of counting our blessing and certainly as Dr. Armes said, the Abrahams have been a blessing to Wayland,” she said.

Dr. Abraham said the desire to share their resources with Wayland came only after a visit to campus.

“We were impressed with the students and how polite they were,” he said.

The impression led the Abrahams to donate the money for the gallery that he designed and helped build.

The wording on the scholarship plaque describes their first impression of the university and how Dr. Malouf’s experience in designing and helping build and decorate the art gallery led him to an even greater love of Wayland and its students.

“The students at Wayland had been watching me have so much fun running around the basement of that new building,” Dr. Abraham said. “They wanted me to do the Commencement address for the Class of 1997… and I did.”
Dr. Abraham said the relationship with Wayland came about by simply taking advantage of the opportunities that were available – much the way he and Therese live their lives.

“When opportunities present themselves, you need to take advantage of them,” he said. “just get out and take a chance … speak to strangers.”

He said the Wayland graduates he has met throughout the years have all been individuals who are doing good things and making a difference in the world, and for that he is truly grateful.

“The world needs more places like Wayland,” he said.