Twelve CSU, Chico Students to be Honored with Rawlins Merit Awards

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: 10-12-2017

CONTACT: Sean Murphy
Public Affairs and Publications
TEL: 530-898-6492
Veronica Rabo
University Advancement Services
TEL: 530-898-3293

Twelve California State University, Chico students with major achievements in the classroom and the community will be honored at the 36th annual Lt. Robert Merton Rawlins Merit Award reception on Monday, Oct. 16. The event begins at 5 p.m. in Colusa Hall. 

The award, one of the largest and most prestigious at CSU, Chico, celebrates scholarship, extracurricular activities, and professionally related and outstanding academic accomplishments. Awards are based on these standards, along with evidence of students’ sincere intent to complete their education, increase their personal knowledge, and to achieve success in every aspect of their lives.

Faculty nominate the recipients, who receive scholarships of $5,000. All of the students have unique and inspiring journeys, including seniors Parker Rhodes and Marisa Davini.

Parker Rhodes is a senior pursuing a double major in economics and political science. He was a 2014 recipient of the President’s Scholar Award and was selected from a highly competitive field for the position of CSU, Chico’s Panetta Congressional Intern for 2016. In that capacity, he worked full-time for Congressman Doug LaMalfa in Washington, D.C., and was responsible for constituent relations and policy research, among other tasks. Parker served as on the Associated Students (AS) Legislative Affairs Council during the 2015-16 academic year, and has been involved with other campus groups including serving on the AS Community Affairs Council and as a tutor for Community Action Volunteers in Education.

Marisa Davini is a senior pursuing her bachelor’s of science degree in civil engineering, with an emphasis on transportation engineering; she also will receive a double minor in business administration and sustainability, with honors in general education. She is the local and national recipient of the Women’s Transportation Seminar’s Sharon D. Banks Memorial Scholarship, awarded to outstanding undergraduates in transportation-related fields of study. Marisa has interned as an accounting assistant with Business Foresight Beyond Accounting, and at Quincy Engineering in Sacramento. She is an active member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Student Chapter, the ASCE Mid-Pac Steel Bridge Competition and the treasurer of Tau Beta Pi National Engineering Honor Society. A three-year Dean’s Award recipient, Marisa also has volunteered with ASCE Community Outreach to mentor and motivate children about engineering and science.

The Rawlins Merit scholarships 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, Fern Rawlins established in 1981, the Lt. Robert Merton Rawlins Merit Award endowment.

Since the program’s inception 36 years ago, over $1 million in scholarships have been awarded to more than 800 deserving CSU, Chico students.

The 2017-18 Rawlins award recipients are:

  • Marisa Davini, senior, civil engineering, College of Engineering, Computer Science and Construction Management
  • Max Dickstein, senior, business administration, College of Business
  • Karlie Garcia, graduate, education, College of Communication and Education
  • Timothy Goebel, junior, business administration, College of Business
  • Dayne Gradone, graduate, anthropology, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
  • Daniel Human, sophomore, exercise physiology, College of Communication and Education
  • William Mixter, senior, physics (College of Natural Sciences) and mechanical engineering (College of Engineering, Computer Science and Construction Management)
  • Naomi Ramirez, junior, history, College of Humanities and Fine Arts
  • Parker Rhodes, senior, economics and political science, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
  • Amalia Rodas, graduate, public administration, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
  • Sierra Todd, senior, animal science, College of Agriculture
  • Mitchell Trieloff, senior, construction management, College of Engineering, Computer Science and Construction Management

For more information, call 530-898-3293 and to RSVP, go to connect.csuchico.edu/rawlinsawards2017.

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About California State University, Chico

California State University, Chico is the second-oldest campus in the 23-member CSU system, the nation’s largest public university system. Founded in 1887, Chico State enrolls approximately 17,500 students and offers more than 230 graduate and undergraduate programs through its seven colleges and five schools. The campus is consistently ranked as one of the best regional public universities in the Western United States and is the only CSU campus to have earned a favorable rating in all five categories of the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard, which rates universities on affordability and value. Its mission includes a broad commitment to environmental sustainability, public service and community engagement throughout the 12-county North State region, where the campus is located. The University became a federal Hispanic-Serving Institution in 2015.