Ted and Dee Chapman
Though Ted and Dee Chapman didn't exactly honeymoon at Dinner Rally, the annual event did mark their first financial commitment made as a newly married couple in 1983. Dee had attended a few classes back when APU was Pacific Bible College and she got to know then President Cornelius P. Haggard, Th.D., who embodied APU's commitment to Christ. She understood firsthand the school's history and its mission to develop disciple-scholars prepared to bring Christ's love to the world. When she invited her new husband to Dinner Rally, they both agreed that supporting the university was the perfect way to launch their life together.
"I was so impressed with the people at APU," said Ted. "Dee and I take our faith very seriously, and it was clear to us right away that APU does, too. The God First motto is more than just words on this campus. Christ is truly at the center of all they say and do."
In 2001, Ted and Dee decided to set up The Chapman Endowed Scholarship, creating a win-win scenario for all involved. Adding to it every year, the Chapmans receive a charitable tax deduction for their donation, and the income from their endowment provides annual scholarships to undergraduate students in need of financial assistance to attend APU. The best part is that their endowment will continue to provide scholarships beyond their lifetime and the number of scholarships awarded from the fund each year increases as the endowment grows.
With each gift and each passing year, the Chapman Endowed Scholarship directly impacts the number of students able to attend APU. "It's a blessing to be able to help in this way," said Ted. "The Lord has enabled us to give and participate in the growth of these young people. We consider it an honor," and so do the students who benefit from their support:
Because of your generous contributions, it has been possible for me to take full advantage of my calling to be in school and learn what God has for me. I cannot thank you enough for what you have done for my family and me. Kirstina '11
I feel so blessed to be at a school like APU, but it would not be feasible if it were not for people like you who give so that others may come to this school. Thank you for helping me. Bethany '10
Thank you for helping me come to APU. I really could not have done it without you. Meghan '08
"Ninety percent of our students receive some form of financial aid," said Dennette Miramontes, associate director of Estate Planning. "Many of these students would not be able to attend APU without the support and generosity of friends like Ted and Dee Chapman. Growing our endowment provides the financial foundation that strengthens APU now and for years to come, so we can continue to raise up disciples and scholars that will go into the world to serve Christ."
The Chapmans and others who invest in APU scholarships fuel that mission. "This is a way we can directly participate in the growth of students and the university," said Ted. "The world is desperately missing Christ, and APU is making Him known. We are blessed to be a part of that."
Currently APU's endowment stands at $38 million. With a goal of $100 million, the commitment and generosity of people like the Chapmans have a remarkable influence on the long-term strength of APU's ability to assist students. If you're interested in receiving more information about individual or family named endowments, contact the Office of Estate Planning at 626-815-5069.