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Chico State Awards President’s Scholarships to Five Incoming Freshmen

The brick facade of an academic building with three arches in the front
Jason Halley / University Photographer

The area where the time capsules are buried in front of Kendall Hall is seen in the early morning of Wednesday, May 26, 2021 in Chico, Calif. (Jason Halley/University Photographer/CSU, Chico)

Five incoming freshmen have been selected as recipients of Chico State’s 2022 President’s Scholarship—one of the University’s most prestigious and one awarded to highly qualified and deserving high school seniors. The students will each receive individual $30,000 scholarships, to be paid over the course of four years.   

This year’s winners were selected from nearly 400 applicants and a pool of 140 semi-finalists. The five honorees are:

Logan Allen

Logan Allen

Logan Allen graduated from Burroughs High School and plans to major in Business Marketing. In high school, she was president of Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) and the public relations officer for Key Club. A violinist since she was five, the Ridgecrest resident participated in local performances and earned the concertmaster position within her school’s orchestra. Growing up in a small town, she came to appreciate the value of a supportive community and has enjoyed volunteering at her church since seventh grade. She plans to build connections through Christian Challenge while at Chico State.

Hannah Chadwell (Butte Creek Foundation President’s Scholar)

Hannah Chadwell

Hannah Chadwell, a graduate of Oakmont High School, participated in the Future Voters of America Club where she was involved in discussions about national and local politics. The Roseville resident also worked as a field fellow for the Brynne Kennedy for Congress campaign (California’s fourth district). She made calls to fellow constituents, managed the campaign’s email account, and co-led the “Students for Brynne” group. She plans to major in liberal studies and would like to pursue a career as a K–8 teacher.

Megan Donaldson

Megan Donaldson

Megan Donaldson, who graduated from Tomales High School, considers Chico State her “dream school.” She plans to major in agricultural science with an emphasis in agricultural communication and leadership and would like to work at the University Farm as an undergraduate. Heavily involved in Future Farmers of America (FFA) throughout her scholastic career, she has served as Tomales High’s FFA chapter president, the Sonoma Section president, the North Coast Region vice president at-large, a California State Delegate, and a state nominating committee Member. In addition, the Tomales resident has been a member of her local 4-H club for 11 years and served as a 4-H camp counselor. She also was student council president, chief editor for the yearbook, and maintained a 4.0 GPA.

Ryley Felton

Ryley Felton

Ryley Felton, a graduate of Corning High School, is a self-described perfectionist who maintained a 4.0 GPA while working up to 20 hours a week and participating in sports, clubs, and other on-campus organizations. As associated student body president, she planned and hosted a successful tri-tip sandwich booth at the community’s annual Olive Festival. By reaching out to local vendors and getting donations, the Corning resident was able to raise $3,000 for the associated student body at Corning High. She plans to major in business administration and wants to pursue a career in sports marketing.

William Hartman

William Hartman plans to major in music. He graduated from Inspire School of Arts and Sciences in Chico where played the lead role in numerous musical theatre productions and performed in multiple music ensembles, as well as the school’s men’s choir. The Oroville resident performs at local venues and restaurants, playing two to three gigs a week with his band. In addition to improving his understanding of music theory and recording arts at Inspire, he took classes at Butte College during the pandemic and earned collegiate 39 units while still in high school and staying active in school activities.

“These five students come from different backgrounds and have different interests and career goals, but they all have outstanding academic and extracurricular résumés that make them very deserving of the Presidential Scholarship,” said Chico State President Gayle Hutchinson. “I’m thrilled they chose Chico State to continue their academic journeys and can’t wait to see the positive impacts they make on our campus.”

To be considered for a Chico State President’s Scholarship, incoming, first-time freshmen must meet a set of minimum requirements, including:

  • A high school grade point average of at least 3.5
  • Submission of the University online scholarship application (including at least one letter of recommendation)
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3 for continued eligibility

Chico State is nationally recognized for its affordability and low debt of its graduates, in part due to the financial aid and other support it offers. In 2021–22, the University disbursed nearly $1.5 million in scholarships to 468 students representing academic programs across campus. Regardless of accomplishments or GPA, the University encourages all students to apply for scholarships.

Selection of the President’s Scholars is made by the University Scholarship Committee. For more information about Chico State scholarships, including application deadlines, please visit