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Student Scholarships

Cal Lutheran supporters and students explain how scholarships have changed their lives.

Thank you for supporting scholarships at Cal Lutheran! Your gift has a powerful and immediate impact, enabling our deserving students to realize their dreams of higher education.

Did you know?

  • Nearly 97% of all Cal Lutheran students this year received a scholarship or grant.
  • In fall 2021, 37% of traditional undergraduates at the University received Pell Grants, awarded solely based on financial need. 

The need for scholarships is great. At a time when many families are questioning the value of higher education, scholarships tip the balance. They open the door for students so they can experience the gift of a Cal Lutheran education and make it possible for our graduates to pursue their careers with more financial freedom. Without scholarships and higher education, opportunities for these talented students would be limited.

“I come from a low-income, Hispanic family that is not able to financially support my education. Thanks to Cal Lutheran's generous donors, I’m very grateful to have received four years of scholarships that have paid over 95% of my tuition, room and board, and textbook costs. This financial support has given me the opportunity to excel in my classes, be involved in extracurriculars, achieve my goals, and graduate with my Bachelor’s in Exercise Science with an emphasis in Health Professions this spring."
—Coryn Nodal ‘22

Choose how you want to be part of this year’s Cares Day:

  1. Click on a scholarship name below, or
  2. Search for others in the drop-down menu when you click the GIVE NOW button above. 

Books not Bombs Scholarship

ELCA International Women Leaders

Emergency Support Scholarship

Final Stretch Fund

InCLUsive Scholarship

Presidential Scholarship

Veterans Success Scholarship

Violet and Gold Scholarship

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Milt and Debbie Valera Matching Challenge
Unlock $25,000 to the Presidential Strategic Initiatives Fund when a total of $25,000 is made to any Cares Day fund by 7 pm on Cares Day, thanks to the generosity of Milt and Debbie Valera.
$25,000 / $25,000 Raised
Scholarship Match
$25,000 in gifts made to any scholarship by 6:00 pm will unlock a $25,000 gift to the Dr. James Kallas Endowed Scholarship for Christian Leadership, thanks to the generosity of an anonymous family!
Overton Scholarship Match
$30,000 in gifts made to any scholarship by midnight will unlock a $30,000 gift in support of the CLU Music Strings Major Scholarship, thanks to the generosity of Jim and Kimberly Overton!
$30,000 MATCHED
Scholarship Challenge
15 gifts of $100 or more to any scholarship will unlock a $1,000 gift in support of the Howie Family Scholarship, thanks to the generosity of Shawn '78 and Susan '81 Howie!
15 / 15 Gifts
Cal Lutheran Cares Around the World!
Rank State Gifts
1 CA 90
2 TX 7
3 AZ 5
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