Support Academic Programs and Initiatives

To further our mission, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has partnered with University Advancement to identify several strategic initiatives that enhance our academic programming and offer students innovative opportunities for professional development. We invite you to explore ways come alongside us in our efforts to provide a transformational education for students.

Esselstrom Prize for Creative Writing

This award will be named the Esselstrom Prize for Creative Writing, in honor of Dr. Esselstrom, professor emeritus, who taught at APU for over 30 years, and served as chair of the English department for more than a decade. Dr. Esselstrom’s scholarship, writing, and teaching began a legacy of strong support for creative writers at APU.

The prize will be awarded each May to an outstanding undergraduate creative writer and will not only provide valuable financial support to the prizewinner, but will also make the awardee a more competitive Ph.D., MFA, or M.A. applicant and provide and edge when applying to prestigious job opportunities.

Please help continue the good work Dr. Esselstrom began by contributing to the Esselstron fund. As the fund grows, more students will benefit from the years of Dr. Esselstrom’s dedication to writing and the APU community.

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Student 2 Scholar Program | The John Stauffer Charitable Trust Matching Grant

Each summer, top undergraduate students in the Department of Biology and Chemistry are selected to participate in the Student-2-Scholar (S2S) program, which immerses them in hands-on scientific research. These students work alongside faculty-experts, gaining valuable experience and skills that prepare them for regional and national conference presentations, publications, and entry into prestigious graduate schools.

Furthering APU’s commitment to the sciences, The John Stauffer Charitable Trust recently awarded APU a 1:1 challenge grant of $500,000 to support the undergraduate research program for chemistry and biochemistry students. The $500,000 matching funds—to be raised by January 1, 2020—will establish a $1 million endowment that provides funds for undergraduate summer research in the Department of Biology and Chemistry at APU into perpetuity.

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Public Service Fellowships

APU receives numerous requests each semester for students to serve as unpaid interns for local Assembly Members and state Senators. The university is eager to place students in these offices, which would not only help California lawmakers learn about APU and its excellent work in educating the next generation of ethical citizens and neighbors, but would also provide students with significant and applicable work experience. However, many interested students are unable to accept internships because they need to work to contribute to the cost of their education. Generous donors can support well-qualified students by helping to underwrite Public Service Fellowship positions. Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA and must be interviewed and approved by the dean of CLAS.

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Pre-Law Programming

In an age where religious freedom is under increasing pressure, the need for Christian lawyers is becoming event more important. For these students, excellent preparation goes beyond classroom instruction to include moot court and formal debate team experience, as well as LSAT preparation. Financial support for these co-curricular experiences are rarely found at faith-based institutions; yet, offering these programs at APU would help attract the nation’s best and brightest pre-law students.

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Speaker Series: Faith in the Public Square

With the partisan divide growing ever wider in this country, a growing need exists for thoughtful conversation amongst Christians from both ends of the political spectrum. This speaker series would strive to stimulate insightful and inspiring conversation by bringing prominent public servants to campus to discuss current political issues from a Christian perspective.

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Journalism Convergent News Room

APU’s growing Journalism program is poised to make a significant impact in the world by graduating honest and ethical journalists. APU’s current facilities are insufficient to meet the educational and professional development needs of graduates entering convergent, multi-faceted newsrooms. We invite you to join us in providing a reimagined and repurposed space on campus that will serve students’ needs, and ensure that future students are well equipped to compete in today’s rapidly changing journalism industry.

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James Hedges Distinguished Lecture Series

This series celebrates the written word through annual endowed lectures by poets, prose writers, playwrights, or literary critics. Cosponsored by the Department of English and the Center for Research on Ethics and Values, this series showcases writers who imaginatively explore the world in which we live through their creative use of language and literary forms, whether in poetry or prose, and honors one of Azusa Pacific University’s most distinguished professors: James Hedges, Ph.D., professor of English from 1974-2005 and now professor emeritus.

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Humanities Program

Supporting the Humanities Program ensures students will be able to explore great works of literature, philosophy, art, music, science, and theology, which offer the most enriching content of the liberal arts and of liberal education itself.

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CLAS Dean’s Fund

Higher education is changing rapidly, and APU is poised to be a leader in the next wave of innovative growth. Whether through academic programs of excellence in the humanities, social sciences, or STEM disciplines, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences academically empowers students to succeed in their chosen vocation. The CLAS Dean’s Fund provides targeted resources to assist with market-specific research, new program development, and initiative implementation. Priority funding is given to those initiatives that expand our mission to new audiences.

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Other Ways to Give

We welcome support at any level, and encourage you to contact us if you have questions about how to direct your gift. The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences also accepts in-kind gifts of equipment, particularly in our Biology and Chemistry, and Engineering and Computer Science departments.

Note: This information is current for the 2017-18 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.