»Town & Gown: Supporting Chapman for 45 Years

For almost half a century, Town & Gown has provided generous support to Chapman University. Through membership fees and gifts, dozens of students’ educational aspirations have been realized through scholarships, numerous capital improvements completed and inspiring academic advancements have been achieved. 

One of Town & Gown’s top priorities is providing scholarship support to Chapman students. For nearly 25 years the Town & Gown Endowed Scholarship has been helping talented and hardworking students fund their Chapman education. In addition, Town & Gown recently established a new endowed fund for Arts, Humanities and Sciences at the Leatherby Libraries, which is already providing books to support the liberal arts core that is heart of the university.

Over time, Town & Gown has broadened its mission to include the underwriting of a number of on-campus academic and aesthetic projects. The generous spirit and legacy of Town & Gown can also be seen throughout campus:

  • The Town & Gown Gardens at the Elliott Alumni House (named for members Tom ’60 and Pat ’60 (M.A. ’74) Elliott)
  • The Town & Gown Reading Alcove in the Leatherby Libraries
  • The American flag in the Ambassador George L. Argyros ’59 Global Citizens Plaza
  • The “Milestones on the Road to Freedom” wall in Kennedy Hall
  • Gentle Spring fountain in Escalette Plaza

+-Scholarship Student Profile: Cang Truong

Photo of scholarship recipient Cang TruongIn Cang's words:

"I am so honored to be a recipient of this prestigious scholarship. This gift is truly a testament to the amazing opportunities Chapman University and their generous collaborators provide for their students. Ever since my first steps on campus, I promised myself that I would take advantage of every opportunity presented to me. I would consider myself a changed woman for the better from my experiences at Chapman. The experiences and relationships I've made these past three years have inspired me to step forward to continue a mission of service and gratitude. I hope to become a woman of substance, character, and influence as I carry on the lessons I learned from my time here. By the time of graduation, I hope to leave some lasting footprints on this campus before I head to graduate school to pursue a master’s degree in school psychology.

Some fun facts: I was born in Vietnam and my family moved to San Francisco when I was six years old. If my educational goals don’t work out, my back-up career plan is to be become a chef! I am a psychology major, with a double minor in IES and leadership studies. I currently work as a student manager in the Career Development Center and also serve as a member-at-large officer in the Phi Sigma Sigma sorority.”

+-Scholarship Student Profile: Marissa Wong

Photo of scholarship recipient Marissa WongA proud member of the Peace Studies community at Chapman University, Marissa’s interests include everything from post-conflict reconstruction to social justice to education reform. Outside of the classroom, Marissa can be found at Diversity and Equity programs, Model United Nations conferences, SGI-Chapman (Buddhist club) meetings, and serving on the University Honors Program Advisory Board. Marissa is also a Wilkinson College BURN Research Fellow, assisting with a survey research project on social adaptation after genocide in Cambodia.

The highlight of her college experience thus far has been traveling to Rwanda to research peace education. Her future goals include empowering young peacemakers, promoting intercultural and interfaith dialogue, learning different styles of African dance, and becoming a professional coffee taster.

+-Scholarship Student Profile: Marilyn Love

Photo of scholarship recipient Marilyn LoveIn Marilyn's words:

“My name is Marilyn Love, and I am a senior religious studies major here at Chapman. I grew up in Temecula and I am the oldest of six siblings. I eventually aspire to get a Ph.D. in Near Eastern studies and work in higher education. I have been on two archaeological digs in Israel—some of my more notable finds have been basalt tools and a bread oven! I am always amazed at the sense of calm I get while digging—amazed at how it feels to be completely immersed in an ancient culture that is long-gone, yet still has such an influence over contemporary society. My favorite part of being in Israel was visiting the Old City in Jerusalem and just wandering through the market stalls. Not a day goes by when I don’t miss being there!

A few other fun facts about me are that I love cooking (I make amazing garlic bread!), I collect Hello Kitty merchandise and I have four dogs. Thank you for your generous donations which have allowed me to continue my education at Chapman!”
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Gentle Spring Fountain
Escalette Plaza
The American Flag
Ambassador George L. Argyros '59 Global Citizens Plaza
Town & Gown Gardens
Elliott Alumni House
Town & Gown Reading Alcove
Leatherby Libraries

    Town & Gown Scholarship

    Town & Gown is committed to supporting Chapman students through the Town & Gown Endowed Scholarship. Applicants must show academic promise, maintain a minimum 3.5 cumulative G.P.A and demonstrate career ambition.

    Junior or Senior students can apply here.
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