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Chapman names recipient of 2012 Tomorrow’s Leaders Scholarship

Chapman alum Scott Shaffstall will receive a $62,500 scholarship toward his MBA

by Caitlin AdamsPublished: July 03, 2012 04:15 PM

Chapman University’s third annual Tomorrow’s Leaders Scholarship Program has selected Scott Shaffstall to receive a $62,500 grant toward the Argyros School of Business and Economics’ Flex MBA program. The award was announced on Friday at an event for the scholarship program’s finalists, their family and friends.

Shaffstall said capturing the scholarship is a "dream come true" that will allow him to enhance his "understanding of the fundamentals of marketing." He started his current business with his father and they are dedicated to creating products and awareness about motorcycle safety. An avid fan of power sports--motorcycles, ATV's, dune buggies and Seadoo's--Shaffstall said safety is imperative to expanding the number of recreational enthusiasts who are pursuing these vehicles. In fact, Shaffstall said that Southern California is the center of the world's power sports industry with most of the major manufacturers located here. He wants to be an influencer in the industry and he believes his Chapman MBA will do just that.

"The innovators and the enthusiasts are all here," he said. "I am excited to be part of this industry."

As an undergraduate, he attended San Diego State his freshman year before transferring to Chapman.

"The difference is night and day. Attending school here at Chapman in terms of the class sizes and the learning environment is difference between having a conversation on an intimate level and attending a large lecture. You get close to teachers and peers and really learn here at Chapman. I'm excited about returning."

Chapman University’s Flex MBA program provides a comprehensive Master’s of Business Administration degree curriculum on a part-time schedule through the university’s Argyros School of Business and Economics. For the past three years, Chapman has issued a call for applications for its Tomorrow’s Leaders Scholarship program, which invites members of the Southern California business community to apply to the Chapman Flex MBA program and receive significant scholarship grants.

The application process involves essays and interviews with the candidates, who are asked to demonstrate how they will use the MBA to forward business and innovation in Southern California.

The scholarship award means that Shaffstall will continue his education at Chapman, where he earned his B.A. in English with an emphasis in journalism, and a minor in history, in 2008. Following his graduation, Shaffstall cofounded an off-road motorcycle and ATV accessory firm, Wash-15 Offroad LLC, which he leads as CEO. The firm’s flagship product is the Wash-15 Whip Mount, an accessory that acts as a safeguard for maintaining a sport vehicle’s safety flag (the flags are also known as “whips”). The company also makes a point of manufacturing its products in the U.S., rather than relying on overseas manufacturing.

“We are excited to have found such a strong group of finalists for Chapman MBA’s Tomorrow’s Leaders program who are already making an impact on their organizations and their communities,” said Debra Gonda, interim assistant dean of MBA programs at the Argyros School of Business and Economics.  “We are proud to be able to assist them in obtaining their MBA degrees at Chapman so that they can further the excellent work they are doing and become the future leaders of the Orange County business community.”

The scholarship program also selected nine finalists to receive scholarships of $15,000 each to attend the Flex MBA program. The program’s finalists are Alan Nakamura, Andrew D. Ramirez, Brenda Contreras, Chad Kessler, Jacob Karp, Jamie Gonce, Jeffrey Lyon, Jillian McCord, and Teresa Marquez.

Steve Churm contributed to this report.

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