CSU, Chico News

Rawlins Merit Awards Honor High-achieving Students

Date: 10-08-2010

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

Nineteen California State University, Chico students with major achievements in the classroom and community will be honored Wednesday, Oct. 13, at the 29th annual Rawlins Merit Award Reception at 4 p.m. at Creekside Plaza behind Kendall Hall.

The event takes place during Chico Experience Week, Oct. 8-17, a period of more than 80 events highlighting fun, education and reconnection for the campus and community.

This prestigious award is 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 has gone to 887 CSU, Chico students. Each award-winner receives $3,000.

The Rawlins Merit Award is one of the largest and oldest scholarship programs in the history of the University.

Awardees this year include a summer U.S. Forest Service firefighter who volunteers his time with the Income Tax Assistance program, mentors incoming business administration majors and attends classes full-time. His academic prowess earned him a place on the Dean’s Honor List.

Students are nominated 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 Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Sandra Flake.