Financial Aid & Scholarship Office

Department & Programs

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 colleges and are not required to submit an online University Scholarship Application. The minimum award is $1000 per recipient.


CSU, Chico 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 Rawlins

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.

Faculty from all colleges are invited to nominate students based on the following:

  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

Eligibility Requirements (undergraduate and graduate students):

  • Must have successfully completed a minimum of twelve units at CSU, Chico through fall 2018
  • Spring 2019 - currently enrolled full time (12 units undergraduate or credential, 8 units graduate)
  • Must enroll full time for both the fall and spring semesters of 2019-2020 award year
  • Students completing a bachelor's degree spring 2018 are eligible if returning as credential or graduate
  • Former recipients of the award are not eligible, view the list at below

Nomination Process: 

Nominations are now completed online using our scholarship platform. Instructions are sent to all college deans and administrators by mid-February. 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

1998-2018 Lt. Robert Merton Merit Award Recipients.pdf (PDF)

Timelines for 2019/20 Nominations

Nomination Materials:

  • Student Information Form completed online
  • Student resume
  • One Letter of recommendation by nominating faculty
Due April 12, 2019
Recommendations from Deans and AdministratorsDue April 25, 2019
Rawlins final selection and notification by President HutchinsonMid-July *

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

CSU Foundation Systemwide Scholarship

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 that recognizes students with financial need 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 support over $700,000 in scholarships across the CSU system. Application and information is available early spring semester. A summary of the systemwide scholarships and eligibility requirements is provided on the CSU Foundation(opens in new window) website. All nominations and application materials must be submitted to the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office by May 1, 2019

Contact the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office for the spring application, 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 $2000. 

College of Natural Sciences (NSC)

Floyd L. English Natural Sciences Scholarship

The generosity of Dr. Floyd L. English, 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.

Graduate Equity Fellowship Program

Art and Art History (College of Humanities & Fine Art)

MBA Scholarship and Grants

Nursing Scholarships

Non-Resident Scholarship (Western Undergraduate Exchange)