The Italian Studies program at Chapman University has received a $55,000 gift from the De Santis family. The gift establishes the “Frank and Eileen De Santis Family Endowed Scholarship in Italian Studies.” This gift supports students pursuing a minor in Italian Studies at Chapman University. An initial $2,500 is being awarded in academic year 2017-2018 and another in 2018-2019 from the office of Financial Aid. The scholarship is specifically for undergraduates who have demonstrated a need for financial assistance to attend Chapman University. Current students in the program are automatically considered for the scholarship and therefore do not need to submit an additional application.
Students and faculty are grateful to the members of the De Santis family for being long-time supporters of the study of Italian language and culture at Chapman University. Three members of the De Santis family have graduated from Chapman University: Jeanette M. Poremba (MBA ’94), Christopher F. De Santis (MBA ’96), and Christina L. De Santis (BS ’17). Special gratitude goes out to Commendatore Frank De Santis, who through his devotion and work, has been a central figure in the promotion of Italian culture in Orange County and beyond. This gift ensures the legacy of the De Santis family will continue to support and encourage students for many years to come.
Below, a portrait of the De Santis family.