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The Chapmans in 2008, when the scholarship was first announced.

Chapmans add $1.5 million to IPFW pledge

FORT WAYNE – IPFW on Tuesday announced a $1.5 million donation from local philanthropists to benefit the university's honor program and Chapman Scholars Program.

The $1.5 million donation from Howard and Elizabeth Chapman is in addition to an existing $3 million the local civic leaders pledged, school officials said.

"We are extremely grateful for this gift and the opportunities this creates to inspire, challenge, and celebrate our outstanding students," IPFW Chancellor Vicky Carwein said.

The Chapman Scholars Program provides students scholarships to cover tuition, fees, room and board and textbooks for four years. The program also encourages students to be involved in their community through service projects and other activities.

The first $1 million will be used to benefit the Chapman Scholars Program, which was created in 2009. The remaining $500,000 will be used to renovate a space in the university's library for honors students to gather and study.

The $1.5 million gift brings the Chapmans' total donation to $7 million.