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January 31, 2018

CSU, Chico College of Business Receives $50,000 Gift to Establish Scholarship for Accounting Students



Old black and white photo of Fred and June Lucchesi. Photo Courtesy of the Lucchesi Family.

Fred and June Lucchesi in 1949.

California State University, Chico’s College of Business has received an endowment of $50,000 to establish the Fred and June Lucchesi Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship was established by the surviving children of Fred and June Lucchesi.

The scholarship was first awarded in the fall of 2017. The scholarship is open to any junior or senior with a 2.5 GPA or above that has a demonstrated financial need. However, financial need is not the only consideration. The scholarship committee also considers the student’s commitment to the field of accounting, academic achievement, and student involvement when selecting a recipient.

More recent photo of Fred and June Lucchesi, courtesy of the Lucchesi family.

Fred and June Lucchesi.

For nearly 40 years, Fred and June Lucchesi operated Fred Lucchesi Public Accounting in Chico. They demonstrated the enormous impact individuals could make when approaching life and career with passion, hard work and a commitment to their family, clients, and community. The Lucchesi’s met and were married in their hometown, Oroville, California. After Fred received his bachelor’s degree in business and accounting from Armstrong College in Berkeley in 1936, they moved to Chico. Fred and June both worked in local businesses then established their Public Accounting firm in 1949. They began their distinguished accounting career without today’s technology: using handwritten ledgers, adding machines, and typewriters. Besides running a successful business, they raised three children, were active in Chico’s civic organizations and long-time fans of Chico area sports at all levels.  

This memorial accounting scholarship is to honor the Lucchesis’ high standards, integrity, and accomplishments. Fred and June held education in high regard and inspired others to pursue it. They were never too busy to lend a helping hand to those in need. This scholarship pays tribute to Fred and June’s ideals and life objectives and will hopefully be sustained by its’ recipients.

First recipient of the Fred and June Lucchesi Memorial Accounting Scholarship, Nayeli Mendoza.

First recipient of the Fred and June Lucchesi Memorial Accounting Scholarship, Nayeli Mendoza.

The College of Business is one of seven colleges at CSU, Chico with 2,709 students pursuing bachelor’s degrees and 444 students pursuing minors in business-related programs. In addition, the college offers a generalized MBA or MBA with an emphasis in either enterprise information systems or project management. 

AACSB-accredited for 36 years, the College’s mission is to embrace the residential nature of its campus to create a learning-centered community that instills in students the knowledge, skills and value necessary for both immediate success upon graduation and long-term career achievement. It emphasizes applied research and is devoted to continuing the tradition of excellence in its academic programs while developing distinctive initiatives to meet the ever-changing needs of its stakeholders.


Ben Witt
Development Officer, College of Business
530-898-6365
bpwitt@csuchico.edu