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Fourteen students awarded scholarship

Natalie Holmberg-Douglas, a animal science and biochemistry double major, is one of the Rawlins Merit Award winners. Photo courtesy of Jason Halley.

Chico State student scholars are being honored with the prestigious Merton Rawlins Merit Award for achievements in the classroom and community.

The award is in memory Lt. Robert Merton Rawlins, a B-29 fighter pilot who was killed in World War II. His widow, Fern Rawlins, established the scholarship as part of the Lt. Robert Merton Rawlins Merit Award endowment in 1981.

The program is one of Chico State’s most generous scholarships, which awards $3,000 to each winner.

Angela Trethewey, dean of the college of education and communication and a 1988 Rawlins Merit award recipient, said the winners are some of the best students at Chico State.

“I know the students who have been selected feel embraced by our university community,” she said. “In receiving this award, they know that they represent the best of what Chico State has to offer our communities, namely smart, talented, other-oriented, civically engaged future leaders.”

The 2014-15 Rawlins award recipients are:

  • Angela Breining, Political Science/Latin American Studies
  • Joanna Bundros, graduate student in Nutritional Science
  • Natalie Holmberg-Douglas, Animal Science/Biochemistry
  • Aleksander Irvin, Journalism
  • Darion Johnston, Communication Studies/Political Science
  • Shelby Martin, Applied Computer Graphics (Computer Science, Japanese, and Video Game Design minors)
  • Nicole McAllister, Multicultural and Gender Studies/Political Science/Special Major in Sociology
  • Lily Mirsepassi, French/Business Administration (International Relations minor)
  • Natalie Oelsner, Agriculture
  • Lindsay Olds, Liberal Studies
  • Lindsey Runge, Psychology
  • Benjamin Sampson, Business Administration
  • Steven Sanchez, Business Administration (Ethics, Justice, and Policy minors)
  • Quinn Western, Journalism (Criminal Justice minor)

Recipients will be honored at the Oct. 14 reception in Colusa Hall.

David McVicker can be reached at [email protected] or @DavidPMcVicker on Twitter.

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