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Marian Wright Edelman First Generation Endowed Scholarship Application

The Marian Wright Edelman First-Generation Endowed Scholarship supports first-generation students who have financial need and who desire to use their education in service to their community. Marian Wright Edelman was a lawyer for the NAACP, and defended activists during the civil rights movement. She continued her dedicated service by founding the Children’s Defense Fund, and promoting access to education for all. This endowed scholarship honors her commitment to the belief that education should build one’s capacity for service, and that it is the duty of every person to commit one’s life to better the world. View the application requirements.

The application deadline for the 2022 Scholarship was Thursday, March 31, 2022.

Promising Futures First-Generation Program Funding Request Form

The Promising Futures First-Generation Program supports first-generation students in completing their academic goals and professional goals. Please note the policies below prior to completing a funding request.

  • Funding is limited to undergraduate first-generation students.
    • ​A first-generation college student is defined as a student whose parent(s)/legal guardian(s) have not completed a bachelor's degree.
  • Eligible first-generation undergraduate students may receive funding for a maximum of 2 times during their undergraduate academic program at Chapman.
  • Funding provided by Promising Futures is contingent upon unmet financial need. All requests are vetted through the Office of Financial Aid.
  • If a student has been awarded a federally subsidized student loan and has not accepted it, funding through Promising Futures is not available.
  • Funding is only provided for Chapman-sponsored semester abroad programs or travel courses.
  • Funding provided for semester study abroad is for air travel only.
  • Funding provided for travel courses are for air travel only. Course fees are not funded. 
  • Funding for special academic matters may be taxable to the student.
  • Funding for Scholarly/Creative Activity projects are to be submitted to the Center for Undergraduate Excellence. The Promising Futures Program in collaboration with the Center for Undergraduate Excellence will fund a limited amount of scholarly/creative activity projects submitted by first-generation students. Applications and instructions for a Scholarly/Creative Activity grant request can be found on the Center for Undergraduate Excellence Scholarly/Creative Grants web page. 


  • Feb. 1 - Students taking a semester abroad in the Fall must submit this request form by
  • May 31 - Students taking a semester abroad in the Spring must submit this request form
  • Nov. 1 - Students taking a travel course in the Interterm must submit this request form
  • Apr. 1 - Students taking a travel course in the Summer must submit this request form

Submit to Funding Request Form

If you have any questions, please contact Araceli Martinez.