Student Life and Leadership

Student Leadership Awards

The award recipients featured below were honored at the Student Leadership Awards ceremony on May 4, 2021.

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  • President's Academic Excellence Award
    The graduating senior with the highest cumulative GPA is recognized with the prestigious President's Academic Excellence Award. This exceptional student is presented with an engraved plaque, medal and an award in the amount of $1,000. President's Academic Excellence Award recipient

    2021 award recipient Luke Zearfoss

  • Glenn Kendall Public Service Award

    The Glenn Kendall Public Service Award is a prestigious award recognizing an outstanding graduating senior who demonstrates exemplary scholarship and public service to our University and our community. Named after the University’s 11th President, this award is available to candidates from all fields of study who graduated fall 2020 or will graduate spring 2021, and whose service record shows promise for continued public service after graduation. 

    The recipient of the Glenn Kendall Public Service Award receives a $600 award, as well as an engraved plaque and medal. The selection committee considered the folllowing criteria when coming to a consensus.  

    • Outstanding graduating senior
    • Record of outstanding scholarship, including special studies, projects, and fieldwork in courses involving public service/service learning
    • Record of outstanding public service within the University and the community
    • Record of proven ability to work effectively with others, and
    • Evidence of traits indicating a dedication to the well-being of people

    Glenn Kendall Public Service Award recipient
    2021 award recipient Diana Gonzalez

  • Award for Enhancement of Multicultural Understanding

    The Award for the Enhancement of Multicultural Understanding is designed to honor students on our campus who have significantly contributed to the development of a positive multicultural environment at California State University, Chico. This award is granted to an individual student or recognized student organization who has demonstrated such in the form of leadership, programs, and events, or other noteworthy activities they were engaged in. The selection committee considered the following criteria:

    • The extent to which the activity increased multicultural understanding.
    • Enhancing multicultural understanding: creating, developing, or fostering opportunities to educate the campus and/or community about multicultural communities.
    • The number of people who were affected.
    • The quality of the program activity.
    • Demonstrate a sustained ongoing commitment to a project or initiative that increased multicultural understanding.  

    Award for Enhancement of Multicultural Understanding recipient
    2021 award recipient Steve Vilca

  • Chris Hilbert Outstanding Chico State Friend Award

    Christopher Edward Hilbert was a well-loved, down-to-earth young man who lived a very full nineteen years. The last few months before he died in 1994 were strongly associated with CSU, Chico. His time here was short, but he quickly appreciated and personified the best aspects of the Chico Experience. He did this through genuine love for the many new friends he made, the faculty who taught him and aided his learning, and the total experience of the University and the community. He expressed this joy to his family by saying, "I'm so happy here that I just smile all the time." His family generously endowed this award to honor Chris' memory by acknowledging a student who exemplifies the qualities of a true friend to fellow students and the entire University. 

    The recipient of the Chris Hilbert Outstanding Chico State Friend Award receives a $4,000 award, as well as an engraved plaque and medal. The selection committee considered the folllowing criteria when making their decision.

    • Being consistently reliable for support, understanding, and leadership in a student organization or living group.
    • Exhibiting determination in learning and mastering a skill or body of knowledge while overcoming personal obstacles.
    • Befriending fellow students and instructors alike, or assisting others to do so in a creative, courageous manner.
    • Displaying other behaviors and characteristics which combine to make an individual an Outstanding Chico State Friend.

    Chris Hilbert Outstanding Chico State Friend recipient
    2021 award recipient Daniel Crispino

  • Jackie Faris-Rees Student Leadership Award

    Chico State Alumna Jackie Faris-Rees was President of Associated Students at Chico State in the late 1970's, a member of the Chico Unified District school board, a participant in the Chamber of Commerce and Butte Community Action Agency, and she dedicated her life to public service and education in many other ways. She was committed to coaching and mentoring students and was a leading advocate for Associated Students. Sadly, Jackie passed away from breast cancer in April 2000. This award was established to honor Jackie and to continue her legacy of developing and acknowledging excellent student leaders. It honors one CSU, Chico undergraduate student who has demonstrated significant and outstanding leadership on campus and in the community.

    The recipient of the Jackie Faris-Rees Student Leadership Award receives a $2,200 award, as well as an engraved plaque and medal.

    Jackie Faris Reese Student Leadership recipient
    2021 award recipient Kimberly Canisso

  • Outstanding CAVE Volunteer Award

    Thanks to the  generosity of the Long’s Foundation, each spring a CAVE volunteer is recognized for their outstanding service in a CAVE program during the past two semesters. A cash award of $500 is presented to a deserving recipient, along with an engraved plaque and medal.  

    Outstanding CAVE volunteer award recipient
    2021 award recipient Anahi Pina

  • Bud Hanna Male Scholar Athlete

    The Bud Hanna Male Scholar-Athlete Award, sponsored by InterWest Insurance Services, LLC, is a post-graduate scholarship awarded to one male student-athlete who has demonstrated excellence in his academic and athletic pursuits. Nominees must have completed their intercollegiate athletic eligibility during this academic year in one of Chico State’s 13 NCAA-sponsored sports. Nominees are required to submit an activity summary detailing their academic, co-curricular, and community involvement as well as a nomination from their head coach.

    Bud Hanna Scholar Athlete recipient
    2021 award recipient Garrett Hogbin

  • Richard Dahl Female Scholar Athlete

    The Richard Dahl Female Scholar-Athlete Award, sponsored by the Richard Dahl Athletic Scholarship Fund, is a post-graduate scholarship awarded to one female student-athlete who has demonstrated excellence in her academic and athletic pursuits. Nominees must have completed their intercollegiate athletic eligibility during this academic year in one of Chico State’s 13 NCAA-sponsored sports. Nominees are required to submit an activity summary detailing their academic, co-curricular, and community involvement as well as a nomination from their head coach.

    Richard Dahl Scholar Athlete recipient
    2021 award recipient Samantha Mulock

  • Chico State Outstanding Student Leader Award

    Students who are recipients of one of the seven college’s Outstanding Student Leader awards, or any of the winners of the other academic, community service, leadership or extra-curricular awards given at the Student Leadership Awards reception are also eligible to be named as the “Chico State Outstanding Student Leader”. This $500 scholarship, engraved plaque and medal, sponsored by InterWest Insurance Services, LLC, are presented to an individual who has demonstrated significant student leadership and has made a substantial contribution to the enrichment of student life at CSU, Chico. 

    Outstanding Student Leader Award recipient
    2021 award recipient Diana Gonzalez