CSU, Chico News

Seventeen Students to be Honored with Rawlins Merit Awards

Date: 09-21-2015

Sarah Langford
Public Affairs

Seventeen California State University, Chico students with major achievements in the classroom and the community will be honored at the 34th annual Lt. Robert Merton Rawlins Merit Award reception on Tuesday, Sept. 29. The event begins at 4 p.m. in Colusa Hall.

The scholarship program is one of the largest and most prestigious at CSU, Chico and recognizes scholarship, extracurricular activities and professionally related and academic accomplishments. Faculty nominate the recipients, who receive scholarships of $3,000.

Senior Samantha Grey, who is majoring in civil engineering, is among the 2015-16 recipients. In addition to maintaining a high GPA, she serves as vice president of the campus’ American Society of Civil Engineers student chapter and recently attended the chapter’s leadership conference. On top of her rigorous academic and extracurricular schedule, Grey works part-time as an assistant in the Department of Civil Engineering. Her extensive academic involvement has allowed her to amass an impressive array of practical and research skills.

Another recipient, Kyle Gunther, is also heavily involved on campus, including working as a resident adviser during which he helped facilitate the Alliance to Save Energy’s PowerSave Campus competition. In addition to majoring in natural science and double minoring in psychology and sustainability, he has also served as vice president for the Chico State Triathlon Club, volunteered as a psychology research assistant and is currently the metrics and project manager for PowerSave Campus. In spring 2014, he was awarded a campus sustainability grant to install water-saving toilets in residence halls.

In a special turn of events, Gunther’s mother, Karen Gunther, a CSU, Chico business alumna and 1984 Rawlins Merit Award recipient, will address students and attendees at the reception.

The Rawlins Merit Scholarships 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 Lt. Robert Merton Rawlins Merit Award endowment.

Since the program’s inception, more than $1.4 million in scholarships has been awarded to more than 900 CSU, Chico students.

The 2015-16 Rawlins award recipients are

Jeanette Adame, History (Music minor)
Megan Burger, Liberal Studies (Child Development minor)
Jillian Casacca, Agricultural Business (Animal Science minor)
Ashkaan Daneshi, Business Administration/International Economics (Middle Eastern Studies minor)
Brian Ellis, graduate student, Kinesiology
Patricia Garcia, Animal Science (Biology, Biochemistry, and Science Technology and Values minors)
Samantha Grey, Civil Engineering
Kyle Gunther, Natural Science (Psychology and Sustainability minors)
Angelina Teel Jonson, Mechanical Engineering (Sustainable Manufacturing minor)
Kory Masen, Sociology/Multicultural and Gender Studies
Tiana McFarland, credential student
Lindsay Quigley, Chemistry/Biochemistry (Mathematics minor)
Joseph Sais, Child Development
Justin Schwieger, graduate student, Interdisciplinary Studies
Marta Shaffer, graduate student, English
Crystal Vasquez, graduate student, Nutritional Science
Dylan Wakefield, Journalism