Donor Stories

  • The Benefit of Giving Back
    The Benefit of Giving Back
    Norma and Dean Wilson know the power of giving back. By supporting scholarships for first-generation music students, they were able to...
  • Investing in the Future
    Investing in the Future
    How did Nella Webster-O'Grady '71 find herself one of three women in the Argyros School of Business and Economics in the...
  • Education is Salvation
    Education is Salvation
    Larry (M.A. '72) and Sandee Collier believe in the life-changing power of education. "Education is salvation," emphasizes...
  • Finding Joy in Giving
    Finding Joy in Giving
    As members of the clergy in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Reverends Bill and Mary Jacobs have built relationships with...
  • A New Trend for Young Alumni: Planning Decades in Advance
    A New Trend for Young Alumni: Planning Decades in Advance
    Wills, living trusts and last wishes. Such extremely important topics— and yet many of us don't plan to think about them...
  • Parents Remember Son Through Legacy Scholarship
    Parents Remember Son Through Legacy Scholarship
    Ryan Odenwalder (JD '09) was known throughout Chapman's law school for his willingness to help anyone in need, no matter what.
  • Giving With a Global Perspective
    Giving With a Global Perspective
    Sussan Mashhoodi '82 knows firsthand the value of global citizenship. As a teenager, she left Iran to attend Chapman University just before...
  • Never Too Young to Have a Plan
    Never Too Young to Have a Plan
    When class of 1998 alumni Jason and Nicole (Lejuwaan) Hernandez married, they developed a will as an essential component of their family planning.
  • Celebrating the Chapman Spirit Through Giving
    Celebrating the Chapman Spirit Through Giving
    Wilcox Patterson '62 and his wife, Sandy, are longtime fans and supporters of Chapman University. Their daughter, Stacy, earned her B.A. in...
  • Son's Success Inspires Major Gift
    Son's Success Inspires Major Gift
    Adrienne and Rande Shaffer, parents of Teren '08, knew Chapman University was the right place for their son from the moment they set foot...
  • A Legacy of Leadership Through Philanthropy
    A Legacy of Leadership Through Philanthropy
    Kalani Mench '13 was the first in his family to attend Chapman University. During his freshman year, his parents...
  • Making the Chapman Experience Accessible
    Making the Chapman Experience Accessible
    Nancy Reid '62 and Robert E. Reid '59, Th.D., believe deeply in the importance of scholarships.
  • A Call to Give
    A Call to Give
    According to Nancy Brink, the director of the Office of Church Relations at Chapman University, the Disciples of Christ community on campus is "small and mighty."
  • Strengthening Chapman's Disciples Roots
    Strengthening Chapman's Disciples Roots
    Rev. Dr. Ben Bohren has been a part of the Chapman Family since 1978, more than 40 years. He moved to Orange to be a minister at First Christian Church, right down...
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