Chico alum Ron Rohde was well settled into his workplace in Folsom several years ago when news about a CSU, Chico student’s death made headlines. Rohde decided to do something for his alma mater, by “recognizing and rewarding students who are helping to create a positive image for Chico.” He focused on the exceptional community service work done by CSU, Chico students.
The result? The Ron Rohde Scholarship, established in 2006 to memorialize Rohde’s father and inspired by his own positive experiences as a CSU, Chico student. The scholarship awards $600 twice each year to a full-time undergraduate student who has volunteered at least five hours per week with the Associated Students’ Community Action Volunteers in Education (CAVE) program.
“The thing I enjoy the most is hearing about the students receiving the scholarship,” said Rohde.
Rohde was an enthusiastic volunteer with CAVE throughout his undergraduate years in Chico. He became a youth mentor through Project Pals and also directed public relations and promotions. He was one of the many CSU, Chico students (see chart here) to provide community service through CAVE. For more than 40 years and with more than 20 programs to choose from, CAVE has helped place thousands of students in meaningful volunteer settings. CAVE volunteers work with children, the elderly, special populations, adult non-readers, English as a Second Language learners, low-income residents in the Chico area, as well as state parks and institutions throughout Northern California. Each year about 2,000 students provide more than 60,000 hours of community service through CAVE.
Rohde worked in the Digital Enterprise Group at Intel, where he was employed for eight years. He graduated from CSU, Chico in 1994 with a BA in Information and Communication Studies. He returned for his master’s degree in Information and Communication Studies, completed in 1999. Rohde later taught part time in the Department of Communication Design and served on the advisory board for Communication Studies. He maintained many close personal and professional relationships at CSU, Chico. Well known for his philanthropy to myriad organizations, he was proud of the CSU, Chico scholarship, saying that “giving back in this way is what life should be about.”