Give Something Back, a philanthropic organization, is giving $1 million to Chapman University to help provide four-year tuition scholarships for students who have faced extreme hardship, especially those who have experienced the incarceration or loss of a parent or who have spent time in foster care.

“We are grateful for the generosity of Give Something Back and excited to be able to put their gift to use immediately for students who might not otherwise have an opportunity to attend college,’ said Daniele Struppa, Ph.D., president of Chapman University. “Embracing ways for people to improve their lives through education is instrumental in helping society, and we are pleased to be able to partner with Give Something Back to accomplish this.”

“These are students who have endured great adversity, and they could use a break,” said Robert O. Carr, the founder and chairman of Give Something Back. “I am honored that Give Something Back’s partnership with Chapman University is making it possible for so many deserving students to go to college and transform their lives.”

Carr, an entrepreneur, philanthropist and author, grew up in a financially strapped household in rural Illinois. As a high school senior, he received a $250 scholarship from a local women’s club. The gift inspired him decades later to establish Give Back and help other working-class students.

The Give Something Back gift to Chapman will be used to fund scholarships for a total of 50 students over the next five years, including four students who will be matriculating this fall.

Carr will introduce the Illinois-based program and present a $1 million check to university officials at Chapman University’s faculty athenaeum at 10 a.m. on May 17.

About Give Something Back

Give Something Back provides mentors and scholarships to help Pell Grant-eligible students go to college and graduate in four years, debt-free. Under the program, eligible students are selected in the ninth grade and mentored through high school. After graduation, scholars attend one of the organization’s partner universities and colleges in Illinois, Delaware, California, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. More information can be found at

About Chapman University

As an academically distinguished center of learning, Chapman University attracts extraordinary students and faculty from around the globe. Its ten schools and colleges foster a vibrant intellectual community, and provide extensive opportunities for students to learn, grow and discover alongside remarkable faculty. The University is home to some 8,000 students pursuing bachelor, master and doctoral degrees, and is alma mater to more than 40,000 alumni found throughout the United States and the world. Now celebrating its 156th year, Chapman is known for its distinguishing strengths in leadership and civic engagement, in the arts and entertainment disciplines, and in specialized sectors of technology and science. The University is comprised of its main campus in Orange, California, and the Rinker Health Science Campus for graduate health science programs in Irvine, California. Visit us at

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