Mark Chapman Scholars Program
The Mark Chapman Scholars Program helps promising A&S students fund meaningful summer projects or activities early in their undergraduate careers. It also provides complementary scholarship funding for the following academic year.
Mark Chapman created this program in 2008 when he recognized that, although students can often identify exciting possibilities for personal and professional growth, finding the funding for these opportunities is often a challenge, particularly after the first or second year of college. The Chapman Scholars program remedies this by providing five awards of $5,000 each year: $3,000 to fund a proposed summer activity and $1,000 per semester in the following academic year. It also requires a reflective writing component in order to help students better understand and articulate the value of their experiences.
"I wanted to help students develop their exceptional skills, super-charge their careers, and bring prestige to Kansas State." - Mark Chapman
The Chapman Scholars Program has helped many students add value to their college education since its inception, and we are very proud of our Chapman Scholar alumni. As just one example, Mark Sowers used his Chapman scholarship to fund wildlife research in Kenya during the summer of 2009. He was then able to return to Kenya in 2012 on a Fulbright grant. In this video, viewed nearly six million times worldwide, watch Mark (in the blue shirt) help save a baby elephant while working for the Amboseli Trust in Kenya.
In fact, along with several other national awards, we have seen six Chapman Scholars go on to win prestigious U.S. Student Fulbright grants, and multiple alums have also gained acceptance to top graduate or professional schools.
Students from all backgrounds and eligible majors are encouraged to apply. Summer project proposals may vary considerably. We invite creative and original proposals. Possibilities include (but are not necessarily limited to) funding for:
- Research projects
- International experiences
- Unpaid or minimally paid internships
- Entrepreneurial ideas pertinent to your goals
- Community service or volunteer projects
- Special coursework outside your K-State curriculum
Past project examples
- English major volunteers for an inner city literacy program in Chicago
- Biology major conducts coral reef research along the Honduran coast
- Anthropology major participates in an archaeological dig in Eastern Kansas
- Art major interns with an art gallery
- Political Science major pursues intensive study of Arabic in Morocco
- Geology major conducts volcanic research on campus and in Idaho
- Advertising major studies Spanish and explores advertising strategies in Argentina
Eligible students must be:
- Pursuing a degree track within the College of Arts & Sciences
- Currently in your first or second year in college
- Current enrollment in twelve or more credit hours
- 3.2 or higher GPA
Please contact Jim Hohenbary at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions about the application or about the program.
How to apply
Download the application here (pdf). It is always due at the beginning of February. Here is a brief summary of what applicants are asked to provide:
- Signed “Expectations” form (page two of the application PDF)
- Resume that includes the names of two references
- Essay that details your proposed summer project and explains how it will support your future goals
- List of courses you plan to take in the next fall semester that discusses how they relate to your future goals
- An OFFICIAL K-State transcript