Scholarship Giving at Chico State

Chico State is committed to making a college education accessible to anyone who wishes it, and scholarships are the key to meeting this goal. When you establish a scholarship you are investing in an individual and our future. A scholarship provides much needed financial assistance to deserving students, but perhaps more importantly it inspires, encourages, and conveys the power of giving. You can make a difference through scholarship giving.

More than 70 percent of Chico State students receive financial aid, and they rely on the availability of scholarships to make their education possible. Most students need to craft a plan that includes financial aid, a family contribution, income from a part-time or work study job, and student loans to pursue a college degree. Many who graduate are burdened with loan debt as they enter the workforce. Your support is absolutely critical to our ability to recruit and retain these students who enrich our campus and community.

Student Resources

Scholarship Donors

Merit Scholarships

President's Scholarships

The President's Scholars Program is an important part of CSU, Chico's commitment to the recruitment of highly qualified high school seniors, particularly from the North State. Since 1995, the university has offered selective scholarships to students who will enroll as first-time freshmen. For fall 2015, $20,000 President's scholarships ($5,000 per year for four years) will be offered to qualified students. 

Lt. Merton Rawlins Merit Award

Mrs. Fern Rawlins established the Robert Merton Rawlins Merit Award endowment in 1981 with a gift to Chico State in memory of her son Robert. Mrs. Rawlins had a keen interest in education and believed in rewarding merit and achievement. It was her wish to remember her son and his contributions by rewarding excellent students. Each year, faculty members nominate students based on their scholarship, involvement in extracurricular activities, and outstanding accomplishments.

2015 Rawlins Award Recipients

2015 Rawlins Recipients

To discuss establishing a scholarship or an award at Chico State please contact Flynn Hoffman, 530-898-4796, or

Scholarship recipients and donor