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Nancy and Charles ChapinAbove: Nancy Lanphier Chapin and Charles “Chick” Chapin

A New Access Illinois Matched Scholarship

Charles (Chick) Chapin and Nancy Lanphier Chapin have made a five-year pledge to fund a new scholarship. Available to any undergraduate at UIS in good academic standing, the Chapin/Lanphier Scholarship qualifies for the 1:1 Access Illinois match. (The match opportunity ended on June 30, 2014.) Thank you!

Chick and Nancy have been very generous over the years to UIS, providing support for Brookens Library, the Chancellor’s Fund for Excellence, a Master’s Thesis award in history, as well as scholarships.

Deep Roots in Springfield, Commitment to Education

Nancy earned a Master’s degree in Psychology from UIS (then Sangamon State) in 1973. The Lanphier name is familiar in Springfield as Lanphier High School and park were named in recognition of her grandfather’s manufacturing and civic contributions to the community.

The family’s roots go back to the mid 19th century when her great-grandfather, Charles H. Lanphier, as editor of the Illinois State Register served as de facto chairman for Stephen A. Douglas campaigns. He was later a city councilman who is credited with both proposing the creation of Oak Ridge Cemetery and, according to the Illinois Times, helping draft the legislation that started the Springfield Public Schools.

The Chapin name too has long been known in Springfield. Chick was a partner in the 118 year old Chapin & Chapin law firm prior to joining Brown, Hay & Stephens as Of Counsel in 2002. Additionally he is an amateur historian who has published articles in Field Artillery and Illinois Heritage.

Of particular note, Chick’s mother graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Northwestern in 1914. I find this very impressive. According to an AAUW article, “In 1870 only .7% of the female population went to college. This percentage rose slowly. By 1900 the rate was 2.8% and it was only 7.6% by 1920.” Clearly, the Chapin family has also had a longstanding commitment to education!

Thank You!

UIS is very fortunate to have such strong support from generous donors like the Chapins.


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