Moody Foundation Donates $500,000 To Help Update The Moody Science Building
July 10, 2017
PLAINVIEW – Wayland Baptist University has received a $500,000 grant from the Moody Foundation in Galveston to be used in the renovation of the Moody Science Building, named for the foundation and the Moody family. Renovation of the science building is part of Wayland’s ongoing Impact 2020 capital campaign.
The Moody Foundation originally donated $250,000 toward the construction of the Moody Science Building which was dedicated in 1970. Wayland’s Executive Director of Advancement Mike Melcher said the foundation trustees were excited about the opportunity to help in the renovation of the building.
“They looked at it as a legacy gift,” Melcher said. “They were very interested in the legacy of the building and the legacy of Wayland.”
The Moody Foundation was established in 1942 by W.L. Moody, Jr. and Libbie Shearn Moody. According to its website, the Moody Foundation has awarded more than $1.3 billion in grants “to organizations that have educated, healed, nurtured, and inspired generations of Texans.”
The grant will be used as part of a $4 million project to renovate the existing science building. The project includes updating of the science labs and auditorium, as well as upgrading safety measures and infrastructure, and establishing an endowment to benefit science students.
This is the third significant gift the Moody Foundation has made to Wayland, having also donated $25,000 in 1995 as part of the Spanning the Centuries campaign focused on the completion of the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Learning Resources Center.