University Advancement

Lieutenant Robert Merton Rawlins Merit Award

Mrs. Fern Rawlins established the Lieutenant Robert Merton Rawlins Merit Award endowment in 1981 in memory of her son Robert.

Mrs. Rawlins had three sons, all of whom served in World War II. Two of her sons returned home. Tragically, Robert, an army pilot, was lost over Tokyo Bay while flying a B-29. He was awarded the Silver Star for his action, and he is recognized, along with other Chico State alumni who lost their lives defending our country during World War II, on the bronze plaque near the flag pole on Kendall Hall Lawn.

Mrs. Rawlins had a keen interest in education and believed in rewarding merit and achievement. It was her wish to remember her son and his contributions by rewarding excellent students.

Each year, faculty members nominate students based on their scholarship, involvement in extracurricular activities, and outstanding accomplishments. Nominations 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.

Lieutenant Robert Merton Rawlins

Lieutenant Robert Merton Rawlins