Chapman University and Wilkinson College is excited to announce that David M. Stone has recently committed to funding a full scholarship to the Masters in Arts of War and Society program. This significant gift will help the program, and Chapman University, build a community of diverse scholars who are committed to working through long-term issues related to the social, cultural, and political consequences of war. This scholarship aims to help bring to Chapman nationally competitive students who can immerse themselves into problems that have both national and global implications. Mr. Stone’s gift is invaluable in assisting with our vision for making Chapman a nationally-recognized institution in a field of study with global impact.

If you are interested in learning more about this scholarship, please email Allison Devries or call her at 
(714) 997-6752. The deadline for this scholarship is February 1, 2018.


David M. Stone has been involved with Chapman University for over 35 years as a member of the President’s Cabinet as well as a regular attendee of programs and economic conferences on campus. He is also the father of a Chapman alumna (his daughter, Susan graduated from Chapman in 1981).

Mr. Stone earned a B.A. in Political Science from California State University at Long Beach and holds a certificate in real estate from UCLA. As Chairman Emeritus of Western National Group and one of its founding partners, he continues to monitor major apartment acquisition and development opportunities. He has been involved in real estate development since 1959, and as a partner of WNG’s predecessor company, IPS, he was responsible for forming more than 125 partnerships and developing over 10,000 apartments.

Mr. Stone became further engaged at Chapman University through is close friendships with business partner Michael Hayde  and Ambassador George Argyros ‘59. His years of support include the Stone Professorship in Economics and numerous initiatives within the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, including a trip to the Cannes Film Festival with students and faculty.