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 at 530-898-6470 or click here for their website.

Award Opportunities

Student Life and Leadership Awards

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:

Eligibility Requirements (undergraduate and graduate students):

  • Must have successfully completed a minimum of twelve units at CSU, Chico through fall 2017
  • Spring 2018 - currently enrolled full time (12 units undergraduate or credential, 8 units graduate)
  • Must enroll full time for both the fall and spring semesters of 2018-2019 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


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

Timelines for 2018/19 Nominations

Nominations from Faculty to Deans Due April 2, 2018
Recommendations from Deans and Directors to USCDue April 12, 2018
Rawlins final selection and notification by President HutchinsonMid-July *

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

Graduate Equity Fellowship Program

Humanities & Fine Art (HFA)

MBA Scholarship and Grants

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.

Non-Resident Scholarship (Western Undergraduate Exchange)