» Town & Gown: Supporting Chapman for 47 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: Kristine Avena

Photo of scholarship recipient Kristine Avena

I am currently working to obtain Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and History. As a first-generation college student, I wanted to take full advantage of everything Chapman offered. I joined the Pride of Chapman Pep-Band as a clarinetist, the Pre-Law Society and Student Government while also working in the Alumni Engagement department. Instead of traveling abroad, I decided to travel to the opposite coast where I could learn more about my passions. In the spring of 2015, I spent the semester in Washington, D.C. learning from and working with national leaders on Capitol Hill. My greatest discovery during this trip is that I never want to stop learning and I want to make an impact in the lives of others. I now understand the impact that my role in public service can have on other people. I am currently working on my senior thesis that will examine New York Congressman John O’Connor’s role in domestic policy-making during the Great Depression. I plan to present this thesis in national and regional conferences with other Phi Alpha Theta History Honors Society members. After graduating from Chapman, I will attend law school, hopefully in either California or Washington, D.C., and fight for the success of the government and rights of the community by advocating for the law. I plan to work in the government but my ultimate ambition is to be a Justice at our nation’s Supreme Court. 

+ - Scholarship Student Profile: Chantel Boses

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Throughout my youth and now adulthood, I have witnessed how addiction and its impact on mental health can affect one’s family. These circumstances enabled me to cultivate a profound perspective, drawing the strength to move forward and create a better life for myself through my passion for psychology. I am enrolled in Dr. Steven Schandler’s Psychology Senior Thesis course in the fall. His extensive background in alcohol and substance abuse deeply resonates with me and I hope to partake in any research assignment opportunities he may have. I also hope to join Psi Chi, the psychology honors fraternity, and Active Minds. After graduating with my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, I plan to earn a graduate degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. I hope to continue to empower many others to triumph through their own turbulence and be able to reciprocate the valuable support I have received in my life.

+ - Scholarship Student Profile: Jacqueline Christine Doty

Photo of scholarship recipient Jacqueline Christine Doty

In high school I started volunteering for my church, animal shelters and musical theaters. During this time, I discovered a true passion for helping others; specifically inspiring others to live their lives with purpose. I am a passionate advocate for the continuation of music and art programs as part of an educational curriculum and want to focus on encouraging young students with artistic interest to expand their knowledge of theater, dance voice or alternative artistic outlets. After graduating from Chapman with a Bachelor of Arts in Strategic and Corporate Communications and a self-designed Bachelor of Sciences in Organizational Promotions and Media Relations, I hope to continue my studies here by pursuing a Master of Arts in Leadership Development.  I’m looking forward to a careen in leadership and communications working for a company that desires to protect and enhance the health and well-being of others, particularly through philanthropic efforts. 

+ - Scholarship Student Profile: Taylor Lee Patti

Photo of scholarship recipient Taylor Lee Patti

My motivations for being a triple major in physics, mathematics and Spanish literature with a chemistry minor are very simple. I enjoy my studies immensely, love Chapman University and view both as an extension of my person. I have been involved with many parts of campus but I am most proud of being the Vice President Elect of Outreach for Chapman Women in Science and Technology. As a female student of physics and mathematics, I understand the difficulties of being underrepresented in my chosen field. It is for this reason that I look eagerly forward to my impending vice presidentship, with which I will spearhead efforts to introduce young women from local high school to the Chapman sciences and organize volunteer tutors for underprivileged youth. While maintaining an active role in the educational merits of Chapman is important, I am also looking to my future career. Thus far, I have co-authored two biochemical research papers on food safety, built and operated electromagnetic telescopes to monitor solar flares, and implemented analytical and numerical techniques to research galactic expansion. After finishing my undergraduate, I will complete a PhD program in theoretical physics and pursue a career in university level physics research and education. I wish to discover natural phenomena and uncover passion in my student. I wish to well represent Chapman and form part of the philanthropic alumni community which has made my education possible. 

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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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