About CCSA

Our History

Our Beginning

The Chico Community Scholarship Association’s official beginning was on the evening of November 17, 1969. The Articles of Incorporation were drawn up by local attorney, Robert E. Laughlin, who was also recognized as CCSA’s first honorary member. The Incorporation papers were filed on April 1, 1970 and in June of that year the group distributed $3,825 for 26 scholarships to local graduating seniors.

The individuals instrumental in the formation of CCSA were: Jane McCulloch, Anna Lou Hall, Emil Ruff, B.W. Shaper, Robert Cranston, and Dr. Glen Shols. We remember and thank these founders for their foresight and dedication to our community.

Our Purpose

Since it’s formation in 1970, Chico Community Scholarship Association has awarded nearly 3,900 scholarships totaling over $2.4 million to deserving graduating high school seniors from our community.

The purpose of CCSA is to serve as a clearing house for scholarship information, to award scholarships, and in many cases to balance scholarships with student need.

Graduating seniors who plan to enter accredited college or vocational training programs after high school are eligible to apply for scholarships through CCSA.

Applications are available each year in the high schools’ counseling offices and online. The recipients are presented their scholarships at their high school’s Award Night held at the close of each school year.

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lightling of a fire.”

—William Butler Yeats