Financial Aid & Scholarship Office

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Academic & Performance

Academic and Performance (A&P) Recruitment scholarships are merit or talent-based scholarships. The first time admit student recipients are selected by the Enrollment Management Committee and are not required to submit an online University Scholarship Application.


Chico State is a member of the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA), NCAA Division II Athletic conference, and offers athletic grants-in-aid to selected athletic recruits. The grants-in-aid are subject to the financial limitations and rules imposed by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the CCAA. Financial aid, scholarships, specific outside resources and employment are considered in determining compliance with these limitations. For more information, contact Intercollegiate Athletics(opens in new window) at 530-898-6470.

Award Opportunities

Lt. Robert Merton Rawlins Merit Award 2023-2024 

Mrs. Fern Rawlins established the Lieutenant Robert Merton Rawlins Merit Award Scholarship 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, her son 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 WWII, 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.

Chico State Faculty are invited to nominate students based on the following criteria:

  1. Seriousness of intent to obtain an education and to increase personal knowledge
  2. Ability to pursue a successful life in any chosen capacity
  3. Evidence of scholarship, extracurricular activities, and outstanding professionally-related and academic accomplishments

Letter of recommendation is required by the nominating faculty and shall provide evidence of all criteria mentioned above.

Student Eligibility Requirements (undergraduate and graduate students):

  • Must have successfully completed a minimum of twelve units at Chico State through fall 2022.
  • Spring 2023 - currently enrolled full-time (12 units undergraduate or credential, 8 units graduate).
  • Must enroll full-time for both the fall and spring semesters of the 23-24 award year
  • Students completing a bachelor's degree spring 2023 are eligible if returning as a credential or graduate.
  • Must be nominated by a Chico State Faculty within their department and provide at least one recommendation letter. Optional: second letter may be from any staff or faculty. 
  • Former recipients of the award are not eligible; view the Lt. Robert Rawlins recipient list (PDF)

Nomination Process: 

Nominations are now completed online using our scholarship system. Invitation link for nominations and instructions will be sent to all college deans and administrators by March 26th, 2023. For detailed instructions to nominate your student(s), you may also contact the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office, 530-898-6444 or email us at

Timelines for 2023/24 Nominations

Nomination Materials:

  • Student Nomination Form completed online
  • Student resume
  • One Letter of recommendation by nominating Chico State faculty

Due April 21st

Recommendations from Deans and Administrators

Due May 8th 

(Extended from May 5th)

University Scholarship Committee Reviews

Finalized by May 19th

Lt. Rawlins final selection and notification sent 


*Nominees who are not selected may not necessarily be notified by this time.

CSU Systemwide Scholarships- 2023-2024 Academic Year 

The CSU Systemwide Scholarship Program offers financial assistance to help students across the CSU reach their goals. The scholarships offered include the CSU Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement, which recognizes students with financial needs who epitomize superior academic performance, exemplary community service, and have achieved significant personal accomplishments. Through various endowed gifts and ongoing generous contributions from alumni and friends of the University, we are able to offer many other scholarships across the CSU system.

A summary of the systemwide scholarships and eligibility requirements is provided on the CSU Foundation(opens in new window) website. 

CSU Trsutees' Award for Outstanding Achievement:

  • CSU Trustee’s Award for Outstanding Achievement (PDF)- Up to $18,000:  MUST be nominated by a faculty in your college. One final nominee will be submitted to CSU Foundation. Supplemental materials will be requested from the selected nominees. 
    • Invitation link for nominations and instructions will be sent to all college deans and administrators by March 29th, 2023. For detailed instructions to nominate your student(s), you may also contact the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office at 530-898-6444 or email us at

CSU Systemwide Scholarships:

Additional CSU Systemwide Scholarships with additional material required:

How to Apply:

Forms & Documents:

Application Process for all CSU Systemwide Scholarships: All required applications must be submitted to the corresponding link by end of the day on  May 8th, 2023.

For questions, contact the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office at 530-898-6451 or email

Student Life and Leadership University Awards

Faculty and staff are encouraged to nominate student or student groups for awards and recognition. Awards may vary from $500 to $4300. 

College of Natural Sciences (NSC)

Floyd L. English Natural Sciences Scholarship

The generosity of Dr. Floyd L. English, an alumnus of California State University, Chico, and the Andrew Foundation makes it possible to award up to 15 scholarships to students majoring in programs in the College of Natural Sciences each year.

The Floyd L. English Natural Sciences Scholarship can now be applied through the Wildcat Scholarship Application(opens in new window). Applications are due by February 15th, the Wildcat Scholarship deadline. Two letters of recommendation are required.

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