College of Communication & Education

School of 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. 

Earl W. Baker Memorial Scholarship*

Mr. Baker graduated from Chico High School in 1953 and earned his teaching credential from Chico State University, where he was a member of the boxing team and Delta Psi Delta fraternity. The Army veteran went on to work as a school teacher in Durham, near Chico, and in the Sacramento area. For 28 years, Mr. Baker worked for the Commission on Teacher Credentialing as an associate governmental program analyst. 

Mr. Baker was a president and board member of the Chico State Alumni Association in Sacramento, as well as a member of the Chico-Leland Stanford Lodge No. 111. He was also a member of the Sacramento Elks Lodge and the Order of DeMolay, where he received the Chevalier Degree.

Hilma Augusta Berg Teaching Scholarship*

This scholarship was established for students who are preparing to be teachers.

CalRTA - Laura E. Settle Foundation Scholarship

The Laura E. Settle foundation was established in the early 1950s in memory of California Retired Teachers Association's (CalRTA) primary founder and first president, Laura E. Settle, a retired Pasadena school teacher, oversaw the creation of CalRTA in 1929 and established its reputation as the primary protector of teachers' pensions.

CalRTA - Mt. Lassen Division 9 Teacher Scholarship

In 1993, President Dorothy Rinehart asked Marvin Woodstrup to develop a scholarship program for CalRTA, Mt. Lassen, Division 9. Prior to 2011, the scholarship program consisted of a panel of retired teachers who developed criteria, selected and met with candidates who were graduating seniors from high schools in Glenn and Tehama Counties. This scholarship is awarded to a Phase II student who graduated from high school in Glenn or Tehama County.

Matthew L. Cecchi Memorial Scholarship*

Matthew Louis Cecchi was a gifted, and loving young boy. At nine years old, he was curious, creative, interested in Legos, drawing cartoons, and baseball. However, what brought the biggest smile to Matthew's face was spending time with family and friends. He loved God, school, and was excited about his mom attending college to become an elementary school teacher. "Matt" dreamed of someday being an architect or a cartoonist because he loved building and drawing so very much. He enjoyed helping others and had a very kind heart. Tragically, Matthew Cecchi's life was taken from in an unthinkable, horrific way, thus preventing his dreams from being realized. Matthew L. Cecchi was an innocent victim of a random, violent act by a complete stranger. His life and memory are cherished. Matt continues to be deeply missed by all his family and friends.

The purpose of this Matthew L. Cecchi Memorial scholarship is to honor the memory of a fine, bright, and dearly loved child by providing encouragement and support for students in pursuit of their dreams. Matthew's mother was a student at Chico State when he was killed. Matt was extremely supportive of his mother's education and her dream to become a teacher. By giving the gift of a scholarship to a student in need, the memory of Matthew L. Cecchi will live eternally and he will be remembered always.

William B. and Beatrice H. Chizlett Elementary Teaching Scholarship*

The primary purpose of this scholarship is to provide funds to teachers or students who are pursuing their credential.

Tom Densmore Education Scholarship*

This scholarship was established by Joyce Densmore-Thomas ('82) and Glen Thomas ('83) in honor of Joyce's father, Tom Densmore. Joyce graduated with a BA in Liberal Studies and a Minor in Spanish. Glen graduated with a BS in Business Administration with an option in Accounting. Glen and Joyce met in Chico and were married in 1989; the couple has fond memories of their college experience and life in the Chico community. they share a deep appreciation for how Chico State was a formative part of their lives and established a strong foundation for many of their proudest personal and professional accomplishments. Joyce served as a bilingual teacher for many years and currently serves as vice principal at Cambridge Elementary School in Mt. Diablo Unified School District. The majority of the students served at Cambridge are Hispanic whose first language is Spanish. Joyce traces her passion for working with this population to her dad's early guidance. With this gift, Joyce and her family honor the life and accomplishments of her dad, Tom Densmore who encouraged her to study Spanish and attend Chico. His wisdom and support played a central role in Joyce's professional success and passion for teaching and learning languages. 

This scholarship is designed to support students who are seeking a career in bilingual education. Joyce and Glen want to support future teachers who have financial need, and appreciation for the value of biliteracy, and the desire to share that gift with students in their future classrooms.

Nancy & Jack Fox Future Teacher Scholarship*

Jack and Nancy Fox have been longtime supporters of both athletics and education at Chico State. Nancy is a 1964 alumna who majored in Education. She taught elementary school for seven years and stayed involved in education while she raised her own children. After Nancy's children finished school, she became a fundraiser for children's causes. Because of her long-time involvement at her alma mater, Nancy, wanted to help students become teachers through scholarships. Nancy and Jack Fox established this scholarship to award deserving students in the Integrated Core Program.

Zuola F. Ganyon Memorial Scholarship*

This scholarship was established in loving memory of Zuola Ganyon on behalf of her children. They wish to continue their mother's legacy of teaching by providing support for students who have been accepted into the teacher preparation program.

Aymer J. Hamilton Scholarship*

Aymer Jay Hamilton was president of Chico State College from 1931 to 1950. Dr. Hamilton presided over substantial growth and constant change in his 19 years as president including the building of the new library (now Trinity Hall), and the creation of numerous pre-professional programs. His daughter Patricia Dowrie established this scholarship in his memory. Mrs. Dowrie lived as a child in the President's House on campus, now known as the Warren's Reception Center.

Victor M. Houston & Jo Rickman Houston Memorial Scholarship in Teacher*

This scholarship was established to enable students to prepare for careers in teaching.

Frances King Scholarship

Miss Frances King was born in Willows, CA on May 25, 1911 to Charles and Nelli King and passed away on January 20, 2004 in Willows at the age of 93 years. She attended Willows schools and graduated from Glenn County High School (now Willows High School). She went to Chico State Normal School (now CSUC) where she obtained her degree and credentials in 1932. Her first teaching job was in the Marion School District in rural Red Bluff and taught all grades for 2 years. She began teaching Kanawha School, west of Willows, until 1938 when she transferred to Willows Sycamore School's 6th grade where she taught for 10 years.

In 1947, she became the owner/operator of the Land Title Company and after selling the business some 11 years later, she returned to the classroom. She taught business and economics classes at Willows High School until her retirement in 1966, received a lifetime P.T.A. membership. She was inducted into the Glenn County Educator's Hall of Fame in 1982 and in 1990, Miss King was inducted into the Chico State Athletic Hall of Fame. In 1994, Miss King was the Willows Lamb Derby Grand Marshall and was also a Willows Alumni Association charter member and a life-long member of the Willows Christian Church. Miss King was an energetic, generous, and gracious lady who influenced many of Willows' young people and this scholarship will carry on her "gift" of teaching to new teachers who will influence other young people.

Ed and Louise Krueger Memorial Scholarship*

Mrs. Krueger taught in Chico for 26 years, opening Hooker Oak Elementary school and working at several other elementary schools in the area. This scholarship will be awarded to a student in the credential or integrated core program who is seeking to become an elementary education teacher. 

Ruby Ladewig Memorial Scholarship*

Established from the Harold Ladewig Revocable Inter Vivos Trust in 1992 for students enrolled in multiple subject credential program. 

Esther Larocco Bilingual Student Teacher Scholarship

Dr. Esther Lilliam Delgado-Larocco arrived with her brother in New York from their home in Cuba in 1961. Her parents and two other siblings followed five years later. The family settled in New Jersey. She began her school experience in the United States fluent only in Spanish. Through diligence, dedication, perseverance, and industriousness, she began a path of personal, academic, and professional success.

After high school graduation, she enrolled as an undergraduate student at Montclair State University. As part of an exchange program, she traveled across the country to take one year of courses at CSU, Chico. She remained in Chico to receive her degree and teaching credential. After teaching for the Hilmar Unified School District, she returned to Chico as the district's first bilingual teacher, developing, over time with district officials, the two-way immersion program that exists today.

She began service at CSU, Chico as a part-time lecturer in January of 1984. She earned a Master of Arts degree from CSU, Chico and a Ph. D. from UC Davis. She retired from the University as Coordinator of the Liberal Studies Program and Professor in the School of Education. She served as the Multiple Subject Coordinator for the Bilingual Program for over twenty years. 

Dr. Larocco's entire professional career was dedicated to ensuring that bilingual students receive the best possible educational opportunities. This scholarship is designed to offer financial support for students enrolled in the CSU, Chico Bilingual/Crosscultural Professional Preparation Program who have made a similar commitment. 

Maydole-Barr Student Teacher Scholarship

Chico State alum, Thor Maydole and his partner Connie Barr, both dedicated educators, established this scholarship to offer support and encouragement to students who demonstrate academic success, and leadership potential while pursuing their teaching credential.

J. Russell & Mabel Morris Scholarship*

This scholarship was started in 1977 by Dr. J. Russell and Mabel Morris as the Russ Morris Education Scholarship but later changed to its current name in memory of them both. 

Paul & Dorothy Morgan Teaching Scholarship*

Mrs. Morgan was born in Orland, California. Dorothy graduated from Orland High School in 1937 and CSU, Chico in 1941. She was an elementary teacher as well as a handicapped supervisor in Sutter County. In 1949 she married Paul Morgan. They lived and farmed in Yuba City, retired to Lake Almanor, until moving to Chico in 1998. The Morgan's left a bequest to establish a scholarship for students interested in a teaching career.

Susan O. Morrow Teaching Scholarship*

Mrs. Morrow established three scholarships through a bequest in three different areas, Nursing, Business, and School of Education. She believed that student's who are worthy, show ambition and scholastic ability in the furtherance of their education.

Clark & Betty Porter Elementary Teaching Scholarship*

Mr. and Mrs. Porter met while at Chico State in 1947. Following their graduation, they left Chico to pursue advanced degrees, Clark his Ph.D. at Oregon State, Betty her M.A.T. and M.L.A. After successful careers, Clark as a plant researcher, Betty as an educator and librarian, they were ready to retire and made their way back to Chico. Clark and Betty established the Clark & Betty Porter Endowment to fund scholarships in teaching, biology, and basketball in perpetuity. Both have served on the Alumni Association Board of Directors. Clark also served on the Biology Department Advisory Board and is a 1993 inductee in the Athletic Hall of Fame. Betty has served on the Chico Museum Board and currently teaches genealogy classes for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. They were the first couple to be honored with the Chico State Distinguished Alumni Service Award in 2010. Mr. and Mrs. Porter greatly enjoyed meeting their scholarship recipients every year.

Sadly, Mr. Porter passed in 2017 but his legacy will continue on through the students his scholarship provides. Mrs. Porter continues to be an active and engaged alumna with Chico State and furthers her engagement with meaningful meetings with her recipients.

Marilyn Prisk Scholarship

This scholarship is named for Marilyn Prisk, California Retired Teachers Association member, who initiated the scholarship program in the Nevada City division of CalRTA. The members want to encourage teacher candidates and assure the public schools of quality classroom teachers.

Richard "Rick" & Marilyn Rees Memorial Scholarship**

Richard "Rick" Rees was a beloved person at Chico State and it was upon his untimely death in March of 2015 that this scholarship endowment was established by his wife, Marilyn Rees, to keep his memory alive and to share their passion for supporting students who have chosen to earn their teaching credential at Chico State.

Rick Rees received his BA in Speech in 1974 and his teaching credential in 1975. He was a founding member of CAVE and was also a member of the Chico Unified School District Board for two terms. Rick dedicated his 35+ year career to Chico State students who were involved in leadership and later in his career became the Director of Student Activities. Rick embodied the spirit of Chico State with his ability to positively see through the many issues that faced the university. He led by example and unselfishly gave of himself fully to many of the organizations that were under his leadership.

Marilyn Rees received her BA in Music in 1980 and her teaching credential in 1981. She taught music and English in the Corning High School District for 17 years. She received her MA in Education from Chico State June 2000 and became a school administrator for 15 years, ending her career by achieving a California Distinguished School recognition in 2013 for Neal Dow Elementary School in Chico. Marilyn attributes her success in education to the many talented and dedicated teachers she worked with at her schools. Her focus was on students and teachers and their success in the classroom.

Both Rick and Marilyn believed in the strength of teachers. Their commitment to education included a focus on learning, on building a collaborative culture and a focus on results. In turn, students learn skills in a healthy environment and will ultimately become contributors to the culture and history of their schools and university. It is with this passion that this endowment has been established at Chico State.

George H. Roseman Education Scholarship

Dr. Roseman, Professor Emeritus of Education, began his teaching career in 1937 at Lakemills, WI. He came to Chico State in 1953 and retired in 1978. His principal interest was and is teacher education. 

The children of George H. Roseman established this scholarship to honor their father while he was still, though Dr. Roseman is no longer with us, his children have continued to honor his legacy through their commitment to this scholarship.

School of Education Math and Science Scholarship*

From a National Science Foundation grant to increase the number of math and science teachers. This scholarship provides funds to students who are planning to teach math or science and have been accepted into the credential program.

Martha & Charles T. Self Scholarship*

This scholarship endowment was established by Eldred M. Self, the daughter of Charles and Martha Self. Since Charles and Martha had always been residents of Chico, Eldred wanted to create this gift in recognition of her parents' interest and support in her higher education. The intent of this scholarship endowment is to assist young people to prepare for the field of Eldred's chosen profession, which she had gained much personal happiness and satisfaction.

Helen E. Stansell Education Scholarship*

This scholarship was established to be awarded to undergraduate students pursuing a course of study in the School of Education as candidates for a multiple-subject credential.

Bonney Clough Strain Memorial Scholarship*

This scholarship was established to support students preparing to teach.

Mary Alice Trechter Scholarship*

Mary Alice Trechter was born May 2, 1922 in Colorado and had a lifetime commitment to education. She moved to Northern California from Colorado after her husband passed away in the early 1970s. Mrs. Trechter had a long and distinguished career working in the Thermalito-Oroville-Palermo Center with elementary teacher candidates, and supervising student teachers in the School of Education. After she left the University Trechter worked in administration in the Paradise Unified School District and then for the Butte County Office of Education.

In the last part of her career, she traveled several times a year as a regular consultant to schools in Hawaii and to work on wildlife conservation, appreciation, and education and programs for children.

The family of Mary Alice Trechter established this scholarship to honor her memory, and continue her legacy, by providing support to future teachers at Chico State.

Leona Dickey Van Antwerp Scholarship*

Leona Dickey Van Antwerp was born in Cedar Bluffs, Nebraska, on March 13, 1908, to Christine and Frank Dickey. She was the oldest of six children. Her family moved to Chico, California, in 1920. She graduated from Chico Normal School in 1928 and later obtained her B.A. in Education from California State University, Chico. She did graduate work at both CSU, Chico and CSU, San Francisco.

Mrs. Van Antwerp spent thirty-three years in the field of education. All but one of those years was spent in Sutter County. From 1928 to 1952 she taught in elementary schools. In 1952, Mrs. Van Antwerp was employed by Sutter County to serve as speech therapist for all the schools in that county. She developed programs for every area of special education and became the first Director of Special Education for Sutter County. She was also the first principal of the Butte Vista School which was built to accommodate the needs of children with learning disabilities. The Center Room of the Butte Vista School was dedicated to Mrs. Van Antwerp upon her retirement in 1972.

Mrs. Van Antwerp was a member of the AAUW, Delta Kappa Gamma Education Society, and a life member of the Marysville-Yuba City Soroptomist's Club.

The intent of this scholarship is to help others continue the kind of work done by Mrs. Van Antwerp. Her family hopes that the students who receive these awards will possess the same dedication to and affection for special-needs children as did the person for whom it is named.

Antranik & Berjoohy Vartabedian Scholarship*

Araks Tolegian grew up in Chico, attended Chico State and graduated with a credential in 1938. Araks taught elementary school in her early years. After several years of living in Los Angeles with her late husband, Armenian artist Manuel Tolegian, she moved back up to Chico. She participated in Prime Timer's writing group and was published in an Armenian magazine in 2000. Araks was an engaged alumna with the university and attended many events. She enjoyed writing, art, and helping future teachers achieve their goals.

This scholarship was established in 1984 in loving memory of her parents Antranik & Berjoohy Vartabedian. 

Art & Marie Welch Teacher Scholarship*

Marie Welch had a deep passion for wanting to be a teacher. During the Great Depression, Marie, would work in the fields to save every penny she could to make that dream a reality. She almost made it through college, in Nebraska, only to have WWII derail her dream. She never got over missing that target and it is for this reason that she dedicated her life to teaching in non credentialed areas and saving for this award so that others could have the dream she never reached.