CSU, Chico News

Rawlins Merit Award Ceremony Features High-achieving Students and Honors World War II Hero

Date: 09-19-2007

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

Nineteen California State University, Chico students with numerous achievements and inspiring stories will be honored tomorrow, Sept. 20, at the 26th annual Rawlins Merit Award Reception at 4 p.m. on the Kendall Hall lawn.

The prestigious awards are named in honor of Lt. Robert Merton Rawlins, who died piloting a B-29 over Tokyo Bay during World War II. Wishing to leave a legacy in the name of her son, Mrs. Fern Rawlins established in 1981 the Lieutenant Robert Merton Rawlins Merit Award endowment.

Including the awards to be given out tomorrow, more than $1 million in scholarships have gone to 826 CSU, Chico students.

Students are nominated to receive the scholarship by faculty members. Recipients are selected on the basis of scholarship, involvement in extracurricular activities and professionally-related and academic accomplishments.

Each award-winner receives $3,000, an increase from $2,000 previously. The University Foundation Board voted to raise the scholarship amount to increase the impact of the award.

CSU, Chico President Paul Zingg and Vice President for University Advancement Rick Ellison will speak at tomorrow’s event.

Awardees include a Thai refugee camp survivor now helping local migrant students; a Plumas County native whose historical research on his community is being published; a daughter of Mexican immigrants who is a top student journalist; and a construction management honor student who overcame a life-threatening accident to rebuild housing in New Orleans.

“These 19 students, as well as the previous recipients, are representative of what makes Chico State special,” said Ellison.

In case of rain, the event will be held in the Harlen Adams Theatre in the Performing Arts Center.