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The Attallah College of Educational Studies at Chapman University strives to provide the skills and knowledge to develop socially responsible future educators, leaders, and community advocates. 

Gifts to the Attallah College allow us to support a vast array of educational projects including community-based literacy programs, student scholarships, international travel opportunities for research, and education and civic engagement in our local community and beyond. Through these initiatives, we aim to cultivate our students into educational and community leaders.

We encourage our alumni, parents, students, and friends to provide support, so together, we can achieve our mission: “Changing Education. Changing the World." Through your commitment to the Attallah College as a friend and donor, you too are making a personal pledge to help Change the World. 


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Attallah College Fund for Excellence

Our mission in the 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. By supporting student scholarships, student travel, and community-based projects, your gift makes a difference in the lives of our students and our communities.

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Kathleen Muth Reading Center

The Kathleen Muth Reading Center hosts an after-school literacy tutoring program that teaches reading and writing to approximately 100 culturally and linguistically diverse elementary and middle school students each year. Chapman University's teachers in training have the opportunity to work with these young students as part of their graduate Teacher Education programs.

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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 Ph.D. 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 student scholarships and programming that enhance the use of the arts for leadership, democracy, and 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. This fellowship supports conference and international travel grants, student scholarships, and dissertation and pre-dissertation research grants. Awards are 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 are made by the dean based on faculty recommendations.

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Panther Experiential Philanthropy Project

Panther Experiential Philanthropy Project (PEPP) empowers students to become grantmakers by investing donor funds into local nonprofit organizations.

In order to make responsible funding decisions, students conduct site visits, write grants, analyze financial statements, and present to their classmates. Classes then collectively make grant funding decisions based on the criteria set by the class. This hands-on experience strengthens students’ understandings of local issues facing the Orange County community, while cultivating connections to nonprofits addressing those issues.

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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 offer 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