College of Communication & Education


An annual scholarship, from our generous alumni and donors, help students afford and provide for their "Chico Experience". 

*Endowments, gifts that provide support in perpetuity, are the cornerstone of the College of Communication and Education’s success. Donors who establish an endowed fund leave a legacy of support so that those who follow can pursue their academic dreams.

**Scholarships that have already been endowed but are striving to reach the next level of an endowment by reaching $25,000 or more. 

Art Acker Physical Education Scholarship*

 This account was set up in 1991 to commemorate the life of 99-year old Art Acker. He was hired as the head of the Physical Education, Health and Recreation Department. Art taught, coached and/or ran the department for 38 years. He was also the individual who selected the Wildcats as our mascot. 

Chico named him "Man of the Century" in 1969, plus, he was inducted into California coaches Hall of Fame, the Millikin University Hall of Fame and the Chico Sports Hall of Fame.

Laeta Acker Scholarship*

Established in honor of Laeta Acker for students majoring in Physical Education. 

Dorothy and Jacqueline Hall Scholarship*

This award is for Northern California students who are pursuing Physical Education. 

Lola Lee Story Merit Award Scholarship*

Lola Osborn Story lived in the Chico area since 1930. She was an assistant professor at Chico State for 35 years before her retirement. Lola Osborn Story also provided an estate gift establishing the Lola Lee Story Merit Award Scholarship Endowment also for students majoring in physical education.

Cherylee Maglischo Memorial Scholarship*

Professor Maglischo performed research in several areas of biomechanics. She taught for 30 years in the physical education department at Chico State. In addition, she wrote several biomechanics computer programs, the most famous being her BioMAChanics text and program for analyzing biomechanical skill with the Macintosh. She has numerous publications of original research and was a contributing author for the biomechanics text by Adrian and Cooper. She was admired and respected by faculty and students.

Matthew Granucci Memorial Scholarship*

Matthew Granucci was a dedicated graduate student in the Department of Kinesiology who was pursuing a degree in athletic training education. Sadly, he passed away when he was near the completion of his thesis for his Master's degree. His family established this scholarship to honor his memory by providing support to students pursuing careers in physical education. The Department of Kinesiology reviewed Matthew's research and coursework and awarded his Master's degree posthumously.

William Read Memorial Scholarship*

William "Bill" Read attended Chico 1964-1968 as a Physical Education major and represented Chico in both Water Polo and Swimming, placing 1st at Nationals one year. He relied on the emotional and financial help of his friends and family while in school and when learning to fly. He served his country in the Air Force and then began flying commercially. It was important to him that he give back to his community when he became able. OUr family hopes these awards will provide meaningful help to those attending Chico State.

J. Ned Richardson Memorial Scholarship*

This scholarship endowment was established by the widow of J. Ned Richardson, Lucian Richardson. According to her declaration, " said husband was deeply interested in Chico State College, and in particular, in the athletic department from time to time assisted worthy student in their education pursuits." The intent of this scholarship is to support students majoring in the Kinesiology Department.

Scott Schindler Memorial Scholarship*

This scholarship was established in loving memory of Scott Douglas Schindler for students interested in Physical Education or Recreation with plans to pursue their teaching credential.

Jane Shurmer and Lola Lee Story Scholarship*

Jane Wells Shurmer and Lola Osborn Story were dedicated and beloved faculty in the Department of Physical Education at Chico State for many years. They helped develop women's athletics including women's field hockey, basketball, softball, and swimming.

Jane was inducted into the Chico Sports Hall of Fame in 1973, and the Shurmer Gymnasium was named in honor of her contributions to physical education and women's athletics. Lola Osborn Story also provided an estate gift establishing the Lola Lee Story Merit Award Scholarship Endowment also for students majoring in physical education.

Friends, students, faculty and emeriti faculty have all contributed to the Jane W. Shurmer - Lola Osborn Story Scholarship Endowment to honor the memory of these women who had such a positive and lasting impact on physical education at Chico State.

Beverly Wadsworth Memorial Scholarship*

This award was established to honor the memory of professor emerita, Dr. Beverly Wadsworth of Physical Education and Exercise Science. Dr. Wadsworth's professional life spanned nearly 50 years as a dedicated teacher in both the public schools and at the university level. She taught at Chico State from 1968 to 1998. Over the years, she educated and supervised many students who were preparing to enter the teaching profession. In addition to her classroom and scholarly activities, she was an assistant softball coach for five years during the latter part of the 1970's and the early '80's. The intent of this scholarship is to recognize Physical Education and Exercise Science students who exemplify the dedication and professionalism exhibited by Dr. Wadsworth.

McConnell-Tolette Scholarship*

This scholarship was established in memory of William (Bill) McConnell and Richard Tolette who were physical education majors, roommates, and teammates on the football team. They were well known for their smiles, friendliness, willingness to help others, sense of humor, and a love for life that was infectious. They graduated in 1964 and earned their teaching credentials the following year. Bill and Richard both volunteered for military service when the Vietnam war broke out. Bill was a medic and Richard was an officer in the 101st Airborne Division. They served with distinction, but tragically both were killed in action. 

Their parents and numerous friends established the scholarship to remember these wonderful men and honor their belief in service to others.