Apply For Annual Awards


Each year, CAVE presents five awards to recognize outstanding volunteers making a difference in the Chico community. The 2023-2024 award applications will open January 22 and close March 1. Awards are announced at the end of each Spring semester. See award information and requirements below.


Ron Rohde Awards

These awards memorialize two great men, both named Ron Rohde. Initially established by the younger Ron Rohde in memory of his father, the award now honors both men. The younger Ron completed both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at CSU, Chico and later served as part-time faculty in the Department of Communication Design. Additionally, Ron was actively involved with CAVE where he helped manage and promote the Project Pals Program.

Award Amount: Two awards of $1,500

Eligibility:

  • Active CAVE volunteers in Fall 2023 or Spring 2024 (CAVE volunteers from Fall 2023 who have become CAVE staff in Spring 2024 are eligible for these awards)
  • Made significant contributions to the community
  • Full-time, continuing undergraduate, graduate, or credential students
  • 3.0 GPA or higher

Outstanding CAVE Volunteer Award

The Long’s Award for the Outstanding CAVE Volunteer is given to a student who has demonstrated outstanding service as a volunteer in the CAVE program.

Award Amount: $500

Eligibility:

  • Active CAVE volunteer in Fall 2023 or Spring 2024
  • Demonstrated outstanding service

Community Affairs Recognition Award for the Outstanding CAVE Staff Member

The Community Affairs Recognition Award (CARA) is presented to a current CAVE staff member recognizing their outstanding commitment to the philosophy of service/volunteerism as demonstrated by their contributions while on CAVE staff.

Award Amount: $500

Eligibility:

  • Current CAVE staff member in Fall 2023 or Spring 2024
  • Contributions to CAVE demonstrate outstanding commitment to the philosophy of service/volunteerism

Ann Schwab "Life is for Learning" Award for a CAVE Staff Member

Ann Schwab humbly served Chico State for nearly 24 years – 20 of those with CAVE. During this time she oversaw 40,000+ volunteers and mentored 2,400 CAVE staff members. The Ann Schwab Life is for Learning Award is presented to a current CAVE student staff member in recognition of their great personal transformation while supporting CAVE.

Award Amount: $500

Eligibility:

  • Current CAVE staff member in Fall 2023 or Spring 2024
  • Demonstrated great personal transformation while supporting CAVE