Student Awards

Rawlins Student awards

J&PR students seek, score competitive awards

Chico State Journalism & Public Relations continues to build on its reputation as a prestigious program, with its students collecting more than 63 awards since 2010.

Nearly half of the awards the department has received in the past six years were earned in national competitive selections.

Several scholarships and awards students have acquired are from prominent organizations such as Dow Jones, ProPublica and Google and the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.

Here is the full list of awards and recipients in Chico State’s Journalism and PR program from 2010-2019:

63 student awards

    28 national, competitively selected

    16 statewide, competitively selected

    19 Chico State, competitively selected

Asian American Journalists Association's VOICES Program: 2013, Tercius Bufete

California College Media Association Career Development Scholarship: 2014, Risa Johnson

California Newspaper Foundation Internship Awards: 2010, Robin Epley; 2011, Benjamin Mullin, The Sacramento Bee; 2012, Kacey Gardner; 2013, Anthony Siino, The Sacramento Bee; 2014, Katrina Cameron, Karl Travis, Quinn Western; 2015, Ashiah Scharaga, The Sacramento Bee; 2017, Molly Sullivan

Cengage Learning Student Speech Video Contest, Grand Prize: 2014, Morgan Dixon

Chico State Richard Dahl Female Scholar-Athlete Award: 2018, Anna Baytosh

Chico State Undergrad Awards for Research and Creativity, Chico State: 2011, Serena Cervantes; 2012, Tyler Ash; 2014, Juniper Rose

Chips Quinn Scholar: 2015, Katrina Cameron, Contra Costa Times; Mozes Zarate, The Wall Street Journal

Chris Hilbert Outstanding Chico State Friend Award: 2014, Aleksander Irvin

College of Communication & Education Outstanding Student Leader: Natalie Hanson, 2019

Dow Jones News Fund internship: 2014, Bill Hall, San Francisco Chronicle, University of Texas, Austin; 2018, Elizabeth Castillo, CALmatters, Arizona State University; Josh Cozine, Richmond Bizsense, New York University

Earl Squire Behrens Scholarship from Sacramento Press Club: 2014, Quinn Western; 2016, Gabriel Sandoval

Google Journalism Fellowship: 2014, Benjamin Mullin

Chico State’s Jackie Faris-Rees Student Leadership Award: 2015, Aleksander Irvin

James Foley Memorial Scholarship in International Photojournalism: 2015, Emily Teague

Forrest Hartman Broadcast Film Critics Association Grant: 2017, Jared Shibuya

Hearst Journalism Awards: 2016, Bianca Quilantan, features

Knight-CUNY Summer Internship Program: 2015, Mozes Zarate, The Wall Street Journal; 2017, Gabriel Sandoval, WNYC, plus a full, tuition-free scholarship to the CUNYJ Graduate School of Journalism, starting in fall 2018

Chico State’s Lieutenant Robert Merton Rawlins Award: 2010, Skylar Young; 2011, Lauren Beaven; 2012, Jenna Valdespino; 2014, Aleksander Irvin and Quinn Western; 2015, Dylan Wakefield; 2016, Elizabeth Castillo and Gabriel Sandoval.

National Association of Black Journalists Visual Task Force Scholarship: 2014, Quinn Western

National Association of Hispanic Journalists Rubén Salazar Scholarship: 2017, Gabriel Sandoval

National Communication Association panel: 2016, Britney Witherspoon, Philadelphia, Pa.

National Public Radio Generation Next fellow: 2018, Natalie Hanson and Julia Maldonado

Naughton Fellowship: 2014, Benjamin Mullin, The Poynter Institute

Online News Association Student Newsroom: 2013, Tercius Bufete, Atlanta, Ga.; 2014, Quinn Western, Chicago; 2015, Ernesto Rivera, Los Angeles

Chico State’s College of Communication & Education Outstanding Student Leader Award: 2011, Megan McCourt; 2012, Sara Nielsen

Politico Journalism Institute: 2017, Elizabeth Castillo

ProPublica’s Emerging Reporters Program: 2015, Gabriel Sandoval

Richard Dahl Female Scholar-Athlete Award: 2018, Anna Baytosh

Sacramento Press Club scholarship: 2010, Robin Epley; 2017, Bianca Quilantan (Nereida Skelton award)

Scripps Howard Foundation Award at Chico State: 2014, Mozes Zarate, The Sacramento Bee; 2015, Jose Olivar, The Sacramento Bee

Scripps Howard Roy W. Howard National Collegiate Reporting Competition: 2010, Jennifer Siino, Japan

Scripps Howard Foundation Hispanic Link News Service: 2012, Almendra Carpizo; 2013, Juniper Rose

Scripps Howard Foundation Semester in Washington: 2010, Megan McCourt

Sports Reporting Training Camp, sponsored by the College Media Institute: 2016, Sully Engels and Nick Martinez-Esquibel, Nashville, Tenn.