Jean A. and Nona Nan Chapman Endowed Music Scholarship, Jean A. Chapman Endowed Art Scholarship Established

News_SymphOrchestra_2004_2508CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., March 11, 2014 – The Jean A. and Nona Nan Chapman Endowed Music Scholarship and the Jean A. Chapman Endowed Art Scholarship have been established through the Southeast Missouri University Foundation.

Nona Chapman of Cape Girardeau endowed both scholarships.

The renewable Jean A. and Nona Nan Chapman Endowed Music Scholarship will be awarded to a student with a minimum 3.0 grade point average who is currently enrolled at the University. The recipient must be a music major. The award is open to both vocal and instrumental students. Students are required to audition as part of the application process. Financial need may be considered in selecting a recipient, but students are not required to complete a FAFSA. The Department of Music Scholarship Committee will select the recipient.

The renewable Jean A. Chapman Endowed Art Scholarship also will be awarded to a student with a minimum 3.0 grade point average who is currently enrolled at the University. Recipients will be art majors and required to submit 10 pages of artwork on DVD or CD for review by the selection committee. Financial need may be considered in selecting the recipient, but students are not required to complete a FAFSA. The Department of Art Scholarship Committee will select the recipient.

Dr. Jean A. Chapman is a 1950 graduate of Southeast with a Bachelor of Science with a major in biology and a Bachelor of Science in medicine. He earned a master’s degree in anatomy from the University of Missouri in 1951 and his medical doctorate from the Washington University School of Medicine in 1953. He came to Cape Girardeau in 1959 and helped establish the Internal Medicine Group. Certified by the American Board of Allergy and Immunology in 1974, he was in private practice until 1997. He was clinical assistant professor at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine from 1988 to 1997, and assistant in clinical medicine at Washington University School of Medicine from 1953 to 1954. In 1995, he was named master of the American College of Physicians. He was a former chief of staff and an emeritus member of the Board of Trustees of Southeast Missouri Hospital, now SoutheastHealth, and also served on the board of Southeast Missouri Hospital College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

 A lover and supporter of the arts, he grew up with the desire to be an artist. Throughout his life, he continued to draw, paint and do sculpture and pottery until he was no longer physically able. He always encouraged others to grow their talent as well.

 Nona Nan Chapman was born in Turley, Mo., to Emmett E. Duff and Gladys Allegra Elmore Duff. She was a graduate of Cape Central High School and attended Southeast with an emphasis on voice studying with Doyle Dumas, Shirley Zielinski and Louisa Takahashi. She also studied flute with Charles Smith and Paul Thompson.

She was employed as an aerobiology technician, director of the Cape Girardeau County Area Medical Society, and owned and operated The Needle Niche in downtown Cape Girardeau.  In addition, she has served as president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Alliance, president of the Missouri State Medical Association Alliance, president of Chapter LY and Chapter JN of P.E.O., president of the Cape Girardeau County Area Medical Society Alliance, and president of the Downtown Merchants Association.

Jean Chapman is survived by his children Jennifer Jean Albertina and Christopher Paul Chapman. Nona Nan Chapman has two daughters, Leslie Ramelle Lipps Sarna and Lisa Michelle Lipps Bratina, and they have four grandchildren, Emily Anne Albertina, Mary Grace Fisher, Nicholas Christopher Moon and Aaron Christian Bratina.

For more information, please contact the Southeast Missouri University Foundation at (573) 651-2203 or foundation@semo.edu.