FAFSA School Code: 001146



Please read the text below, which is a helpful introduction to scholarships. Also use the following links to more specific information.

Scholarships consider special qualifications, such as academic, athletic, or artistic talent, and provide a form of aid that does not have to be repaid. Scholarships and other awards are also available for students pursuing particular fields of study, are interested in entering certain professions, or who are members of groups underrepresented in higher education. Unlike grants, which require demonstrated need, scholarships may be awarded on a "merit" basis instead of on "need," although some also stipulate "need."

Scholarships are a prestigious form of aid because the student awarded a scholarship has met specific criteria stipulated by a donor. Students should consider applying for scholarships, not only for the financial assistance offered, but also for the recognition and standing that accompany receipt of such an award.

There are many scholarship sources: the University, local and regional organizations, and nationwide competitive scholarships. At CSU, Chico, many freshmen arrive with private scholarships from local clubs and businesses. We recommend that high school seniors check out every potential scholarship source for all possible assistance.

Scholarships generally require an application and recommendations. It is well worth the effort to apply. Besides potential funding, students contribute to their larger education by learning how to pursue a goal, to write persuasively, and to communicate with donors. Educators call this "life experience."


Faculty Nomination and Selection Process
Lieutenant Robert Merton Rawlins Merit Awards 2017/18

The Lieutenant Robert Merton Rawlins Merit Awards are provided by a CSU, Chico scholarship endowment. Faculty from all colleges are invited to nominate students based on the following considerations:

  • seriousness of intent to obtain an education and to increase personal knowledge
  • ability to pursue a successful life in any chosen capacity
  • evidence of scholarship, extracurricular activities, and outstanding professionally-related and academic accomplishments.

Nominees must be well rounded in all areas. They are reviewed and recommended by the college deans and University Scholarship Committee before being forwarded to President Hutchinson for final selection of recipients.

1998-2016 Rawlins Recipients

Timelines for 2017/18 Nominations  
Nominations from Faculty to Deans April 7, 2017
Recommendations from Deans and Directors to USC April 14, 2017
Rawlins final selection and notification by President Hutchinson Mid-July


Interested in establishing or donating to a scholarship? Please visit our scholarship giving page or contact Gift Processing at giftservices@csuchico.edu or 530-898-4488