Scholarships & Awards

Scholarships & Awards for Spanish Majors

The Betsy Randolph Spanish Language Award

A Chico State Spanish alum and retired kindergarten teacher, Betsy Randolph believes passionately in the importance of acquiring a second language. She created this award to recognize a student with demonstrated service to the Spanish program at Chico State through participation in clubs and other extracurricular events and activities. Amount varies annually.

How to apply: Submit a Wildcat Scholarship application (open January-February each year).

HACE Scholarship

The Hispanic Association for the Community and Education (HACE) is a regional organization that awards scholarships annually to students at Chico State and Butte College. Awards are based on financial need, academic achievement, leadership, and involvement in the Hispanic community. 

How to apply: Visit the HACE Website(opens in new window) to print an application form and follow the instructions provided. Applications are due at the end of November or early December each year.

Outstanding Student in the Major

Each spring, the Spanish faculty choose one graduating student each in the general Spanish major and in the Spanish pre-credential major who has demonstrated academic excellence and exceptional dedication to their study of Spanish during their time in the program. Each nominee is awarded $100 and is recognized at the HFA Awards Event in April.

Scholarships for Majors in the College of HFA

Bix Whitcomb Study Abroad Award

This scholarship was created by Chico State alum Bix Whitcomb to recognize outstanding English or Spanish major students within the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, and create an opportunity for them to experience the culminating experience of foreign study. Amount varies annually.

While a student, Bix was a scholar-athlete, excelling in swimming as well as in academics as an honors student in English. During his tenure at Chico State, he had the opportunity to live and study for one year in Spain, which he considers one of the defining experiences of his college career.

How to apply: Study abroad candidates who have declared majors in HFA will be invited to apply in the spring.

Elizabeth Randolph Study Abroad Award

Chico State alum Elizabeth Randolph (Spanish, '68) created this $3500 award to help support the study abroad experience of one student each year from the College of Humanities and Fine Arts.

Betsy spent a year in Spain while a student at Chico State, and believes her study abroad experience was one of the most formative times of her life. Betsy, a retired teacher, also supports a Spanish Language scholarship, and returns to campus regularly for Phi Sigma Iota events, of which she is an honorary member. The award recipient is selected based on his or her application each spring by a committee chaired by the Dean.

How to apply: Study abroad candidates who have declared majors in HFA will be invited to apply in the spring.