Siloam Springs, Ark (July 17, 2003) - John Brown University received a $50,000 grant for the new residence hall. “We are excited about the funding we have already received,” Jim Krall, vice president of university advancement said. Currently, JBU has over half of the funds needed for the new building . The grant received from the Sunderland Foundation will help meet an anonymous challenge grant of $2.5 million dollars. The additional funds needed will come through gifts, pledges and donations, Krall said. The Sunderland Foundation specializes in provided building funds for higher education facilities in addition to providing funds for various projects in communities. The foundation works with organizations primarily in Kansas, Nebraska, Western Missouri, and Arkansas. The need for an additional residence hall is urgent. Enrollment at JBU has been on the rise in current years, creating a need for additional residence space. Currently JBU is running at 101 percent resident capacity and is expected to rise before the fall semester begins. The new residence hall could be constructed in two building phases. The university plans to begin construction in early fall as funds become available. Phase I would consist of a center core and one wing that houses students. The wing includes handicapped-accessible rooms, lobbies and common areas. The first floor houses an apartment for the residence director in addition a lobby and rooms. The residence wing will house 114 students. The residence hall will be built on the south part of the campus across from the townhouses. John Brown University is a private university with an enrollment of more than 1,700 students from 42 states and 45 countries. JBU is a member of Arkansas’ Independent Colleges and Universities and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.