College of Communication & Education

Recreation, Hospitality, and Parks Management

An annual scholarship, from our generous alumni and donors, help students afford and provide for their "Chico Experience". 

*Endowments, gifts that provide support in perpetuity, are the cornerstone of the College of Communication and Education’s success. Donors who establish an endowed fund leave a legacy of support so that those who follow can pursue their academic dreams.

**Scholarships that have already been endowed but are striving to reach the next level of an endowment by reaching $25,000 or more. 

Joie Armstrong Memorial Scholarship

Joie Armstrong was a student in the Department of Recreation and Parks Management. Within the department, her option was in Parks and Natural Resources Management and her focus was on environmental education. She also held a minor in Studio Art. She graduated in the spring of 1996. She was on the Dean’s list and served on the CSUC Environmental Council. Despite working and going to school, she was very active in the community. As she said in a file letter, working with children was “her passion”. Specifically, she volunteered her time to provide evening programs for foster and homeless children, worked with developmentally disabled children, and was active with a number of organizations in the development of environmental education programs for local schools and events.

After graduation, she worked with the Marin Headlands and Yosemite Institutes as a naturalist and interpreter. This was an excellent career position. One of her personal goals was: “Strive for greatness, accept failure.” She approached life with grace and optimism.

Many faculty, alumni, friends, and co-workers in the community fondly remember her. The faculty remembers her as a bright, lively, and hard-working young woman. In the classroom, she stood out from other students. She understood the value of hard work. She knew who she was and where she was going. She challenged her classmates and professors to raise the quality of their work. She had the ability to do this without being confrontational. It was a privilege to know and work with her.

Philip M. Batlin Memorial Scholarship

Philip attended Butte Jr. College for one year before entering California State University, Chico earning a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Recreation and Parks Administration in 1997, and he had begun a successful career in Restaurant Management. Philip was an active volunteer for the Chico’s Community Action Volunteers in Education and a volunteer for the Rape Crisis Center. Philip loved music and the great outdoors and was an avid Giants fan.

Philip Michael Batlin was tragically taken from his family on March 17, 2004 at the age of 30. Phil’s family, want Philip’s memory to continue and help others and we know only so well that is what Philip would have wanted.

Russell Brainard Memorial Scholarship

Russell Edward Brainard was born May 13, 1985. The beloved youngest child of his large family, he passed away at home in the early morning on March 10, 2007, with his loved ones by his side. He was 21 years old.

With a hint of pugnacity, a sly wit, and a heart of gold, Russell went through life creating unforgettable and often hilarious memories for all of us whose lives he touched. Born in Orange County, he moved to Walnut Creek, Calif. at the age of three. He attended Walnut Heights Elementary School, Walnut Creek Intermediate School, and graduated from Las Lomas High School.

For the past three years, Russell bravely fought brain cancer. In that time, he traveled to Vietnam, the Bahamas, and Mexico with his family; backpacked along the Sierra Crest; went scuba diving in the underwater caverns of the Yucatan and the shark cages of San Francisco's Farallones Islands.

For his hard work and stubborn determination to complete his degree, he received a certificate of achievement towards a Bachelor of Science in Recreation and Parks Management from California State University, Chico. He taught his family and friends unforgettable lessons about love, courage and making the most of every moment. In the words of his favorite Christmas story, The Grinch, our hearts grew three sizes bigger during these years.

His family, established a scholarship in his memory to honor his legacy by providing support to students in the Recreation, Hospitality, and Parks Management major.

John E. Conner Recreation and Leisure Scholarship*

Mr. Conner suffered a severe head injury during his first year of high school. He was partially paralyzed on his right side and lost the part of the vision in his right eye. Eventually losing his eye. He had a very difficult time when he returned to school. Although he had been taking college prep courses before the accident, he was not ready to resume the strenuous course study when he returned. Mr. Conner graduated from high school during the summer of 1960 after his class graduated that earlier that spring.

He went on to attend City College of San Francisco and made up most of his deficiencies and graduated in 1963. He then went on to Chico State and majored in Recreation Administration and graduated in 1966. 

After graduation, he went to work for the Oakland Recreation Department for one year and then went to work for the City and County of San Francisco, where he has worked for 25+ years. He has held various positions with the City and County, including Recreation Director, Municipal Stadium Manager, Senior Management Assistant and Assistant Public Guardian. 

Mr. Conner went on to attend graduate school part-time while working full-time and earned two masters degree, Recreation and Leisure Studies from San Francisco State University and Public Administration from Golden Gate University.

Mr. Conner's reason for establishing this scholarship is to give some assistance to students who may have a disability or have been a service member in the military and has potential and desire to enter the field of professional recreation and leisure services.

Excellence in Leadership Scholarship

This scholarship was established by Dr. Emilyn Sheffield for students who have demonstrated leadership in any and all areas of their life.

Recreation Administration Alumni and Friend Scholarship

Established for students in the Recreation, Hospitality, Parks Management department.

Recreation Emeriti Faculty Scholarship

This fund was established for students in Recreation, Hospitality, and Parks Management.

Robby Paine Memorial Scholarship

Scott and Mary Kay Paine created this scholarship in honor of their son Robby Paine. Robby graduated from Chico State with a degree in Recreation Administration. He volunteered on campus with Blood Source and for many years working with kids at Woodleaf Camp in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

Edward "Ed" Seagle Scholarship

Ed Seagle, up until his recent retirement in 2017, had been with the faculty at CSU, Chico since 1976 during which time he has been the internship coordinator for 25+ years. He has been the Therapeutic Recreation coordinator for 20 years and the Resort and Lodging Management (RLM) coordinator for the past 10 years. The recreation curriculum has developed and matured during that time into one of the most respected recreation programs in the nation.

The RLM option has had the pleasure of working with many hospitality companies in the US and abroad (i.e. Hyatt, Marriott, Four Seasons, Starwood, Hilton, Fairmont, Pebble Beach, etc.) The option has held steady and become the largest option in the major. In addition, the RLM option has become recognized for its excellence in California and beyond.