Wayland Lubbock Campus Honors Former Trustee at 9th Annual Scholarship Gala

May 5, 2015

LUBBOCK, TX – Former Wayland Baptist University trustee and longtime Baptist icon Dr. D.L. Lowrie and his wife, Alice, were the guests of honor Tuesday evening (May 5) at the 9th Annual Lubbock Lights Scholarship Gala, supporting the university’s Lubbock campus.

Lowrie, who is pastor emeritus of Lubbock’s First Baptist Church and also a former pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Lubbock, was honored by the largest crowd in the event’s history, as more than 300 friends and well-wishers were on hand.
Proceeds from the event will establish the D.L. Lowrie Endowed Scholarship Fund for ministerial students at the Lubbock campus, and are expected to eclipse the $50,000 mark after expenses.

“What a great event, and what well-deserving people to honor,” said Dr. David Bishop, executive director and dean of the Lubbock campus. “We owe a great deal of gratitude to our sponsors, silent auction partners and attendees for their financial support, as well as our event steering committee, for their time and effort to give us such a terrific event.”
Another highlight of the evening was the performance and message delivered by pastor-turned comedian Dr. Dennis Swanberg. Known as “America’s Minister of Encouragement,” Swanberg challenged the crowd to “plant trees” in honor of the Lowrie legacy and in support of the Wayland Lubbock Campus scholarship fund.

About Wayland Baptist University
Wayland Baptist University is a faith-based institution of higher education with its main campus in Plainview, offering associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Wayland’s Lubbock campus is one of 13 external campuses around the world which embrace the university’s commitment to academic excellence, devotion to individual service, and dedication to a Christian heritage that stretches back more than a century. Total enrollment at the 14 locations is approximately 6,000 students, with enrollment at the Lubbock campus being the third-largest, at about 600.

Wayland was named in a recent article in the Wall Street Journal as one of the “Best Private Colleges for Return on Investment in America,” based on projected earnings over 20 years. Wayland was No. 4 on the WSJ list, ahead of such luminaries as Cal Tech, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Stanford, Princeton, Rice and Harvard.