Purdue University Fort Wayne Chancellor Ronald Elsenbaumer has announced the completion of the “Chapman Challenge,” a campaign to help fund 25 endowed scholarships started by Howard and Betsy Chapman. The announcement kicks off the university’s participation in the Day of Giving initiative, started by Purdue six year ago.
The Chapman Challenge project started a year ago and upon seeing how successful it was, the Chapmans took it one step further, according to the university.
“Once other donors stepped up to accept the challenge, it wasn’t long until we had all 25 scholarships funded. And that could have been the end of it. But Howard and Betsy had different ideas. The Chapmans then increased their commitment by another 10 scholarships for a total of 35 in all,” said Chancellor Elsenbaumer in a news release. “Today, we are pleased and proud to announce that we now have commitments for all 35 scholarships—and the Chapman Challenge has generated a total of $875,000.”
Funds from some of the scholarships will be available to students this fall.