Student Life and Leadership

Student Leadership Awards

The Awards ceremony will take place in Spring 2024. The award recipients featured below were honored at the Student Leadership Awards ceremony on May 12th, 2023.

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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.

     Emily Everton

    Emily Everton
  • Glenn Kendall Community Impact Recognition

    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 $900 award, as well as an engraved plaque and medal. The selection committee considered the following criteria when coming to a consensus. 

    Selection Criteria

    • 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


    Aishwarya Gowda
  • 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.  
    Sirena Rios
  • 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, and personalized certificate. The selection committee considered the following 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.
    • Being that student others turn to in times of need or celebration.
    • Displaying other behaviors and characteristics which combine to make an individual an Outstanding Chico State Friend.


    Jessica Lamas

  • Jackie Faris-Rees Student Leadership Award

    Chico State Alumna Jackie Faris-Rees was President of Associated Students at Chico State in the late 1970s, 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 $2,400 award, as well as an engraved plaque and medal.


    Aishwarya Gowda

  • 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. 


    Chehel Lakhwara

  • 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. 

  • Ron Rohde Awards

    These awards memorialize two great men, both named Ron Rohde. Initially established by the younger Ron Rohde in memory of his father, the award now honors both men.

    The younger Ron completed both Bachelors and Masters degrees at CSU, Chico, and later served as part-time faculty in the Department of Communication Design. Additionally, Ron was actively involved with CAVE where he helped manage and promote the Project Pals Program. These two awards of $1500 each or equivalent are given in the spring to full-time, continuing undergraduate, graduate, or credential students who are active CAVE volunteers who have made significant contributions; CAVE volunteers who have become CAVE staff are eligible for these awards. All applicants must have a 3.0 GPA or higher.

    Award Amount: Two awards of $1,500


    Maxemus Calzadilla


    Laci VanFossen