Cal Lutheran Scholarships

Any combination of Cal Lutheran scholarships, grants, and awards may not exceed the amount of tuition. All students must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards in order to be eligible for institutional aid.

Undergraduate students only: Students must be registered full-time and meet Institutional Academic Eligibility (IAE) standards in order to be eligible for institutional aid.

Academic Scholarships for 2014-15 Freshmen

Awards ranging from $10,000 to $22,000.

Incoming freshmen students are reviewed and awarded based on their academic records including grades and standardized testing. Academic scholarships are renewable for subsequent years.

Academic Scholarships for 2014-15 Transfer Students

Awards ranging from $10,000 to $18,000.

Transfer scholarships are based on a combination of college GPA and the number of transferable credits. Students are encouraged to complete course work that meets CLU's Core Requirements. By doing so, students may increase scholarship eligibility. Academic scholarships are renewable for subsequent years.

Phi Theta Kappa: Transfer students who are current members of the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society at their Community College will be eligible for the highest transfer academic scholarship.

CLU Presidential Scholarships

Awards ranging from $25,000 up to full tuition.

Presidential Scholarships were established to recognize and reward graduating high school seniors in the top tier of our applicant pool who embody the University’s educational and leadership goals. Students who come to campus for Honors Day will interview for the top scholarships offered by the University.

Students must meet the Early Action Application Deadline (November 1st) to be considered for the Presidential Scholarships. The scholarships awarded through this program will replace any academic scholarship the student received at the time of admission. CLU Presidential scholarships are renewable for subsequent years.

CLU Guarantee Scholarship

CLU offers freshmen and transfer students who are also admitted to UCLA, UCSB, UC Davis, UC Berkeley, or UCSD a renewable scholarship based on the Cost of Attendance (COA) at CLU and these public institutions. The scholarships make the cost of attending CLU approximately the same as the cost of attending one of these five University of California schools.

The scholarships awarded through this program will replace any academic scholarship the student received at the time of admission. CLU Guarantee Scholarships are renewable for subsequent years.

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Global Scholars Program

Scholarships up to $30,000 (freshmen) and $25,000 (transfers).

The Global Scholars Program was established to recognize and reward top international students who embody the University's mission to educate leaders for a global society. These scholarships are available for incoming students from each of the following regions: Asia, Africa and the Middle East, Europe, and Latin America. The Global scholarships are renewable for subsequent years of enrollment.

Freshmen must apply prior to the Early Action Deadline (Nov 1) and transfers must apply prior to the Priority Deadline (March 15). Students who meet qualifications for this scholarship will be notified of their nomination and competition process by the Office of Undergraduate Admission upon review of their application. The scholarships awarded through this program will replace any academic scholarship the student received at the time of admission.

CLU Endowed & Restricted Scholarships

Undergraduate scholarship applications are now being accepted for CLU Endowed & Restricted Scholarships for the 2014-2015 academic year. These scholarships are made possible for students through the generosity of the University's donors.

For continuing students, the deadline to apply for these scholarships is March 24, 2014.

For incoming students, the deadline to apply for these scholarships is March 31, 2014.

To complete an application and view available scholarships please visit Cal Lutheran Scholarships and log in using your MyCLU username and password. Once logged in, you are welcome to apply for as many scholarships as you like, as long as you fulfill the noted criteria.

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Study Abroad Scholarships

Scholarships for students interested in studying abroad are available for Fall, Spring and Summer terms. For more information on this scholarship, please contact the Study Abroad office at 805-493-3750.

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Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) Scholarship

The Visual and Performing Arts have a prestigious home at Cal Lutheran. Whether staging a play in our Blackbox Theatre, touring the world with our Wind Ensemble, or pushing the boundaries of conventional art, our students pursue artistic expression without limits.

Incoming freshman and transfer applicants with superior talent in the areas of Music, Theatre Arts, or Visual Art can apply and audition for a VAPA Scholarship prior to enrolling at Cal Lutheran. Music and Theatre Arts Scholarships can be awarded up to $30,000** and are renewable for subsequent years. For more information on audition requirements please visit the department websites (Music, Theatre Arts, Visual Art).

**Please note that students may audition for scholarships within the Music, Theatre Arts, and Visual Art categories; however, if offered multiple VAPA scholarships, the student can only accept an award from one department and must decline all other offers. The VAPA Scholarship replaces (if higher) any academic scholarship, Presidential Scholarship, or CLU Guarantee Scholarship the student was awarded. Students cannot receive an Academic Scholarship (or Presidential Scholarship), the CLU Guarantee Scholarship, and the VAPA Scholarship at the same time. If a student was awarded an Academic Scholarship (or Presidential Scholarship), or CLU Guarantee scholarship prior to being determined eligible for the VAPA Scholarship, they will be given the option to choose one of the three scholarships they would like use while attending Cal Lutheran. The student must retain the scholarship they choose at that time (Academic/Presidential/CLU Guarantee or VAPA Scholarship) and may not change their award decision after they begin attending Cal Lutheran.

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Alumni Scholarship

Students who are the child or grandchild of a graduate of a Cal Lutheran degree program are eligible to receive a scholarship in the amount of $1,000 during their first academic year of enrollment at Cal Lutheran.

International Scholarships

Cal Lutheran offers International Scholarships to students who apply to Cal Lutheran through the Norway America Association (NorAm). The scholarship amount remains the same for all years of attendance at Cal Lutheran. The scholarship amount DOES NOT increase or decrease. For more information, please contact the Office of Admission.






Faith-based Scholarships and Awards

Congregational Partners in Education (CPE) Award

This renewable award allows congregations of any faith to assist outstanding young people who have demonstrated a commitment to the life and work of their church. Cal Lutheran will match gifts from the congregation in support of a student in $100 increments to a maximum of $2,500. In order to qualify for the match, the check must come from the congregation and be made out to the University (it should not be written directly to the student attending Cal Lutheran).

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ELCA Partners in Ministry Award

The ELCA Partners in Ministry Award of $1,500 per academic year is available to children of all registered ELCA clergy. To be eligible, students must be unmarried, under the age of 24, and enrolled in the traditional Undergraduate Program.

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Convocators Scholarship

Made possible by the generosity of donors who deeply value the Lutheran faith, a limited number of scholarships in the amount of $2,500 will be awarded each year to first-year incoming Lutheran students who demonstrate the principles of Cal Lutheran's mission, thereby exhibiting confidence in their identity and vocation. The scholarship is renewable for subsequent years.

To be eligible for the Convocators Scholarship, the student must meet the following provisions:

  • Admitted to Cal Lutheran
  • Full-time student (12+ units per semester)
  • Nominated by Convocator
  • Declared religious affiliation in the Lutheran faith

Recipients of the Convocators Scholarship who are eligible for other Cal Lutheran academic scholarships are able to receive both scholarships during the award year as long as all combined aid does not exceed the total costs of tuition and fees. Convocators may not nominate family members.

The deadline to submit a nomination is March 26, 2014

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If you are interested in the Convocators Scholarship but aren't sure what to do next, you can request to have a convocator contact you and your pastor.

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Lundring Youth Leadership Endowed Scholarship

The Lundring Youth Leadership Endowment Scholarship was initiated by Axel Lundring in celebration of his 90th birthday in April of 1998. His purpose was to create a scholarship that would develop leadership potential for the church by supporting students who serve as summer counselors at Lutheran camps. This scholarship is specifically designed to encourage and assist Cal Lutheran students who choose to work at either Camp Yolijwa, El Camino Pines, Mt. Cross or Holden Village during summer break.

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Swenson Scholarship

The Swenson Scholarship was made possible by the generosity of a couple who are members of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Dana Point, California, to encourage members of Evangelical Lutheran Church in American (ELCA) congregations in Orange County, California, to attend Cal Lutheran.

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ELCA Tuition Exchange and Tuition Exchange Inc.

ELCA Tuition Exchange is available exclusively to dependents of eligible faculty and staff of other ELCA schools. To be considered, a student must be admitted to Cal Lutheran by March 15 and have submitted the ELCA Tuition Exchange application (available from the home institution).

Tuition Exchange Inc. is exclusively for dependents of eligible faculty and staff of other colleges and universities who participate in the Tuition Exchange program. To be considered, a student must be admitted to Cal Lutheran by March 15 and have submitted the Tuition Exchange Inc. application (available from the home institution). For more information on the Tuition Exchange Inc. program, please visit www.tuitionexchange.org.

Awards for both programs are competitive and availability is assessed annually based on the number of students Cal Lutheran sends on the exchange (exports) and students Cal Lutheran receives on the exchange (imports). Cal Lutheran will notify applicants of their status by May 1.

Congregational Partners in Education (CPE) Award

This renewable award allows congregations of any faith to assist outstanding young people who have demonstrated a commitment to the life and work of their church. Cal Lutheran will match gifts from the congregation in support of a student in $100 increments to a maximum of $2,500 as long as the student is enrolled full time. In order to qualify for the match, the check must come from the congregation and be made out to the University (it should not be written directly to the student attending Cal Lutheran). For more information, please visit the CPE website.

CLU Graduate Academic Scholarships

CLU Graduate Academic Scholarships are available to graduate and credential students based on financial need as demonstrated by the FAFSA and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. The scholarship may be awarded up to $2,500 per academic year, dependent on full or part-time enrollment status and number of terms attending.  To apply, students must complete and submit the following documents prior to the term of the student’s expected enrollment:

CLU Graduate Academic Scholarship funding is limited and are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Students are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible. For students beginning with the fall term, the application will be made available annually for the upcoming academic year on July 1st. The application will also be open in January for newly admitted students beginning in the spring term.  The application period will be 60 days. 

The CLU Graduate Academic Scholarship is not automatically renewable.  Students who wish to be considered for the scholarship must apply each academic year.

Please note that the following students are NOT eligible to receive a CLU Graduate Academic Scholarship:

  • CLU staff members who are eligible to receive Tuition Remission.
  • Students who have been awarded a Graduate Assistantship during the same term as the CLU Graduate Academic Scholarship. If a student is awarded both the CLU Graduate Academic Scholarship and a Graduate Assistantship, the student will be given the option to determine which one to accept, based on their individual needs.

If a student applies and receives both a Graduate Academic Scholarship and a Graduate Assistantship, the student will be given the option to determine which one to accept based on the student's individual needs.

Congregational Partners in Education (CPE) Award

This renewable award allows congregations of any faith to assist outstanding young people who have demonstrated a commitment to the life and work of their church. Cal Lutheran will match gifts from the congregation in support of a student in $100 increments to a maximum of $2,500 as long as the student is enrolled full time. In order to qualify for the match, the check must come from the congregation and be made out to the University (it should not be written directly to the student attending Cal Lutheran). For more information, please visit the CPE website.

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