CSU, Chico News

Nineteen CSU, Chico Students to be Honored with Rawlins Merit Awards

Date: 11-03-2016

Sean Murphy
Public Affairs

Nineteen California State University, Chico students with major achievements in the classroom and in the community will be honored at the 35th annual Lt. Robert Merton Rawlins Merit Award reception on Monday, Nov. 7. The event begins at 4 p.m. in Colusa Hall.

The award, one of the largest and most prestigious at CSU, Chico, celebrates scholarship, extracurricular activities and outstanding academic and professional accomplishments. Awards are also based on evidence of a student’s sincere intent to complete their education, to increase their personal knowledge and to achieve success in every aspect of life.

CSU, Chico faculty members nominate the award recipients, who receive $3,000 scholarships.

Recipient Gabriel Sandoval is a senior majoring in journalism. After finishing an associate’s degree at Southwestern College in Chula Vista, Calif., where he won numerous awards for his reporting and writing for The Sun student newspaper, Sandoval transferred to CSU, Chico. Committed to a career in journalism, he has written articles for CSU, Chico’s award-winning student newspaper, The Orion, as well as for the Chico News & Review. This summer, Sandoval served as the first CSU, Chico journalism student to intern at the Chronicle of Higher Education in Washington, D.C. In 2015, he was named to the Emerging Reporters Program at nationally renowned investigative newsroom ProPublica.

Another award recipient, Sara Luther, is a senior completing a double major in construction management and concrete industry management, with a minor in business administration. Luther holds a 4.0 GPA and has shown exceptional leadership skills in the classroom and through her involvement with the Women in Concrete industry club, which she co-founded. Luther interned with Brown Construction, Inc., as an assistant project manager. She is committed to serving her community by volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, Green Apple Day of Service, Associated General Contractors and the Children’s Choir of Chico.

CSU, Chico alum Stephen Phillips will address students and attendees at this year’s reception. Phillips is co-founder and Chief Technical Officer of Theia Interactive, a Chico-based company that creates high-end virtual reality experiences for enterprise clients. A 2013-2014 Rawlins award recipient, Phillips graduated cum laude with Honors in both Applied Computer Graphics and in General Education.

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

Since the program’s inception, over $1 million in scholarships have been awarded to more than 800 deserving CSU, Chico students.

The 2015-2016 Rawlins award recipients are:

Erin Baumgartner, Electrical Engineering

Daniel Beaky, Criminal Justice and Public Administration

Daniel Caravez, Mathematics Education, Spanish and Latin American Studies

Elizabeth Castillo, Journalism

Carina Chiodo, graduate student, Nutrition and Food Science

Jongwoo Choi, Mathematics and Statistics

Kylee Davis, Computer Science

Gabrielle Fasano, History and Theatre Arts

Jose Heredia, Criminal Justice and Sociology

Holly Hockett, Agriculture

Nicholas Howell, Business Administration and Political Science

Sara Luther, Construction Management and Concrete Industry Management

Kaeli McCarther, Agriculture

Oliver Montalbano, Business Administration

Joanne O’Hara, Concrete Industry Management

Lucas Pico, Computer Animation and Game Development

Gabriel Sandoval, Journalism

Sara Sanders, Civil Engineering

Joseph Smith, graduate student, Psychology

For more information and to RSVP, please go to www.connect.csuchico.edu/rawlinsaward2016 or call 530-898-3293.