CSU, Chico News

Long-standing Rawlins Merit Award Honors High-achieving Students

Date: 09-11-2009

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

Twenty-one California State University, Chico students with multiple achievements in the classroom and community will be honored Thursday, Sept. 17, at the 28th annual Rawlins Merit Award Reception at 4 p.m. on the Kendall Hall lawn.

The prestigious awards are named in honor of Lt. Robert Merton Rawlins, who died piloting a B-29 over Tokyo Bay during World War II. Wishing to leave a legacy in the name of her son, Mrs. Fern Rawlins established in 1981 the Lieutenant Robert Merton Rawlins Merit Award endowment.

Including this year’s awards, more than $1 million in scholarships have gone to 868 CSU, Chico students. Each award-winner receives $3,000.

Awardees this year include an entrepreneur who started her own successful business as a teenager, a volunteer who has helped orphaned newborns, a student who created a special major in environmental journalism and a Marine veteran who has increased student interest in physical education teaching.

Students are nominated to receive the scholarship by faculty members. Recipients are selected on the basis of scholarship, involvement in extracurricular activities and professionally-related and academic accomplishments.

The introduction of recipients and presentation of awards will be done by Vice President for University Advancement Rick Ellison and Martha Williams, associate director, Financial Aid and Scholarship Office.