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Brandman University Accepting Scholarship Applications from Future Teachers

August 25, 2020 by Brandman University

IRVINE, Calif. (Aug. 25, 2020) – Application season is open for two Brandman University scholarships propelling future educators toward college completion.

The university will provide up to two $500 awards through the Laila Arman Memorial Scholarship to students seeking an undergraduate degree in early childhood education. The Sabine Krygier Memorial Scholarship awards $500 to an honoree who is a mother enrolled in studies leading to a teaching credential

The Laila Arman Memorial Scholarship’s namesake was the daughter of Nick Arman. He was a doctoral student at Brandman University when Laila Arman died in a heart-rending accident at the age of 16 months. When the scholarship was announced in 2016, Nick Arman expressed hope the award would bring happiness to honorees, just as Laila Arman brought light into the lives of “everyone who knew her since the day she was born.”

“Since day one, I have only known support, received guidance and mentorship, and most importantly the sense of a family unit,” Nick Arman said of Brandman at the time. “The faculty truly exemplifies what leadership is, and have modeled how to lead by example,”

Students submitting an application for the Laila Arman Memorial Scholarship must write a 500- to 1,000-word essay discussing their motivations for a career teaching young children, how they hope to benefit from their Brandman degree, and what goals they expect to achieve within five years.

The Sabine Krygier Memorial Scholarship, an ongoing tribute its namesake alumna, is a $500 award for students who are mothers and on their way to earning a teaching credential.

“We are seeking to support moms returning to school for their teaching credentials, just as my mama did nearly 30 years ago,” Krygier’s daughter Sarah Knutson wrote in 2017 after the creation of the scholarship.

Applicants interested in this opportunity are also asked to author a 500- to 1,000-word essay sharing what they would like to be doing five years into the future, and how they anticipate their Brandman credential will facilitate their professional aspirations.

Students applying for either scholarship must submit their applications by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 30. Prospective scholarship applicants may submit their essay or questions to Sarah Catz via email to




Brandman University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission. As part of the Chapman University System, Brandman blends a legacy of academic excellence with innovative programs and support services designed for students with busy schedules. The university offers undergraduate, graduate, credential and certificate programs designed to be relevant to more than 90 career paths. Brandman serves about 22,000 students, about 14,000 of whom are degree-seeking students, at 25 physical campuses in California and Washington, as well as online. Brandman offers fully-online courses for students anywhere in the United States and for military personnel serving abroad. For additional information, visit the university’s website.

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