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The Donna Ford Attallah College of Educational Studies at Chapman University strives to provide the skills and knowledge to develop future educators, leaders, advocates, collaborators, and contributors to the larger community, which reflects our mission of “Changing Education - Changing the World.” We encourage our alumni, parents, students, and friends to provide support in funding the programs that achieve our mission.

Gifts to the College of Educational Studies allow us to support the vast array of diverse educational projects including our various literacy programs, scholarships to our deserving students, international travel opportunities for research, and multiple campaigns that promote education and civic engagement throughout our immediate community and the world. We aim to cultivate our students into educational and community leaders through these initiatives. By your commitment to the Attallah College as a friend and donor, you too are making a personal pledge: “Changing Education - Changing the World."

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Attallah College Fund for Excellence

Our mission in the Donna Ford Attallah College of Educational Studies at Chapman University is to develop critical scholarship and skillful leadership that inspires and respects individuals, serves communities, strengthens diversity, and ensures a just society.

The Attallah College has made remarkable progress in recent years and continues to have many initiatives that need your help to sustain this important mission.  Your gift, whether supporting student scholarships, student international travel, community-based projects, conferences, or one of a number of other important initiatives, makes a difference in the lives of our students and our communities.

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Centro Comunitario de Educación

Centro Comunitario de Educación is a vibrant educational center where Chapman University faculty, students, and community members engage in learning and working together to promote literacy and education. Donations toward Centro Comunitario de Educación help the Attallah College continue the extensive programs that take place within its walls. For more information, please visit the Centro Comunitario de Educación site.

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Kathleen Muth Reading Center

The Kathleen Muth Reading Center holds a literacy tutoring program that teaches reading and writing to approximately 100 culturally and linguistically diverse elementary students each year.  Chapman University students have the opportunity to work with these young community members as part of their Master of Arts in Teaching program.

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Penny S. Bryan, Ph.D., Arts Development Fund

Dr. Penny S. Bryan served as a faculty member at Chapman University from 1994–2018 and was the founding Faculty Coordinator and Professor of the Master of Arts in Leadership Development (MLD) program and founding Faculty and Professor of the PhD in Education program. Dr. Bryan has a passion for the arts, leadership, democracy, and social change, and this fund serves to enhance those interests in students enrolled in Attallah College's MLD and Ph.D. in Education programs. Funds will go to an award for scholarship, learning, and practices that enhance the use of the arts for leadership, democracy, and/or social change.

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Donald N. Cardinal, Ph.D., Endowed Fellowship

The Donald N. Cardinal, Ph.D. Endowed Fellowship is awarded to distinguished Ph.D. students in the Attallah College of Educational Studies who are studying to improve the lives of people with disabilities. The types of support provided by the fellowship may include conference and international travel grants, tuition, and dissertation and pre-dissertation research grants. Awards will be made by the dean based on faculty recommendations.

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Hayley Taitz Endowed Fellowship

Hayley Taitz shown in LondonThe Hayley Taitz Endowed Fellowship supports graduate students in the Attallah College of Educational Studies school psychology or related program. Eligible students aspire to follow in Hayley’s footsteps through dedication to serving children with disabilities and their families in the community. Funding may be used for activities including, but not limited to, conferences, collaboration, travel and research. Awards will be made by the dean based on faculty recommendations.

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Paulo Freire Democratic Project

The Paulo Freire Democratic Project (PFDP) strives to follow the educational philosophy put forth by Paulo Freire. To accomplish this mission, PFDP gathers a number of constituencies from all levels of education to promote the full democratic, intellectual, and critical development of students, teachers, administrators, parents, and other community members.  Learn more about the Paulo Freire Democratic Project.

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Leadership Initiatives

The Leadership Studies Minor program is largely fee supported. Gifts made toward our leadership initiatives offers a unique opportunity for Chapman students to enhance their understanding and practice of leadership, emphasizing not only preparation for work, but education for life. 

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Ways to Give

You can support us by making a gift through our secure online portal.

If you would prefer to mail a check, please make your donation payable to Chapman University and mail to:

Chapman University
Attallah College of Educational Studies
One University Drive
Orange, CA 92866