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

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. She had three sons all of whom served in World War II. Two of her sons returned, Robert did not. An army pilot, he was lost over Tokyo Bay while flying a B-29. The Rawlins family’s generosity continues to this day, not only through this scholarship, but also through the support of Fern’s other son, Jack.

President's Scholarships

A President's Scholars Program was launched in September 1995 as a commitment to academic excellence by the University. For fall 2015, nine $20,000 President's scholarships will be awarded. 

Photo: 2014 Rawlins Award Recipients

2014 Rawlins Recipients

Scholarships by College

College of Agriculture

College of Business

Aleksander IrvinCollege of Communication and Education

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

Scholarship recipients and donor