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Please read the text below, which is a helpful introduction to scholarships. Also use the following links to more specific information.

Scholarships consider special qualifications, such as academic, athletic, or artistic talent, and provide a form of aid that does not have to be repaid. Scholarships and other awards are also available for students pursuing particular fields of study, are interested in entering certain professions, or who are members of groups underrepresented in higher education. Unlike grants, which require demonstrated need, scholarships may be awarded on a "merit" basis instead of on "need," although some also stipulate "need."

Scholarships are a prestigious form of aid because the student awarded a scholarship has met specific criteria stipulated by a donor. Students should consider applying for scholarships, not only for the financial assistance offered, but also for the recognition and standing that accompany receipt of such an award.

There are many scholarship sources: the University, local and regional organizations, and nationwide competitive scholarships. At CSU, Chico, many freshmen arrive with private scholarships from local clubs and businesses. We recommend that high school seniors check out every potential scholarship source for all possible assistance.

Scholarships generally require an application and recommendations. It is well worth the effort to apply. Besides potential funding, students contribute to their larger education by learning how to pursue a goal, to write persuasively, and to communicate with donors. Educators call this "life experience."


Faculty Nomination and Selection Process
Lieutenant Robert Merton Rawlins Merit Awards 2018/19

The Lieutenant Robert Merton Rawlins Merit Awards are provided by a CSU, Chico scholarship endowment. Faculty from all colleges are invited to nominate students based on the following:

Eligibility Requirements (undergraduate and graduate students):

  • Must have successfully completed a minimum of twelve units at CSU, Chico through fall 2017
  • Spring 2018 - currently enrolled full time (12 units undergraduate or credential, 8 units graduate)
  • Must enroll full time for both the fall and spring semesters of 2018-2019 award year
  • Students completing a bachelor's degree spring 2018 are eligible if returning as credential or graduate
  • Former recipients of the award are not eligible, view the list at below

Selection Criteria:

  • seriousness of intent to obtain an education and to increase personal knowledge
  • ability to pursue a successful life in any chosen capacity
  • evidence of scholarship, extracurricular activities, and outstanding professionally-related and academic accomplishments

Nominees must be well-rounded in all areas. They are reviewed and recommended by the College Deans and University Scholarship Committee before being forwarded to President Hutchinson for final selection of recipients.

Lt. Robert Merton Rawlins Merit Award Nomination Form

1998-2017 Rawlins Recipients

Timelines for 2018/19 Nominations  
Nominations from Faculty to Deans due April 2, 2018
Recommendations from Deans and Directors to USC due April 12, 2018
Rawlins final selection and notification by President Hutchinson Mid-July *

*Nominees who are not selected may not necessarily be notified by this time. 


Interested in establishing or donating to a scholarship? Please visit our scholarship giving page or contact Gift Processing at giftservices@csuchico.edu or 530-898-4488