Indiana couple donates $1.5 million to state university

A northeastern Indiana couple has donated $1.5 million to Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne for its honors program.

IPFW officials say the $1.5 million donation was in addition to an existing $3 million pledge and brings the total donated to the school by Howard and Elizabeth Chapman to $7 million.

The university says $1 million will be used to fund the Chapman Scholars program, while $500,000 will be used to renovate space for the honors program. Chapman Scholars receive tuition, fees, room and board, and textbooks for four years.

IPFW Chancellor Vicky Carwein says the university is grateful for the gift and the opportunities it creates.

Howard Chapman is an attorney who began practicing in Fort Wayne in 1958. Elizabeth Chapman graduated from IPFW.

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