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Student Scholarships

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 am a first-generation college student from a low-income household, and both of my parents are Mexican immigrants. The scholarships I have received from generous donors have helped me pay for tuition, room and board, and textbooks. With their financial support, on top of my current job, I have been able to excel in my classes, participate in extracurricular activities, and achieve my goals without having too much financial stress. I am double majoring in Biology and Spanish, and I am on the pre-med track. Upon graduating from California Lutheran University, I plan to apply to medical school to become a pediatrician."

— Michel Lupian ‘25

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. 

Asian Students Scholarship Fund

ELCA International Women Leaders

Emergency Support Scholarship

Lynne M. Gulizia Endowed Scholarship

Presidential Scholarship

Violet and Gold Scholarship

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RISE High Challenge
From 8 am to noon, 25 gifts of $50 or more will unlock $3,000 from Regent Arnold Gutierrez.
Stand with Asian Students Challenge
From 7 am to 7 pm, 50 gifts of $100 or more to the Asian Student Scholarship Fund will unlock $50,000 in scholarships due to the generous donation of Felix Wang.
The Emergency Support Fund Challenge
From 7 am to 11 am, the first 25 gifts to the Emergency Support Fund will release a $2,500 match from two anonymous donors
Scholars for Dollars
From noon to 5 pm, 20 gifts of $25 or more will release $1,000 from Mary Boyce to the Final Stretch Scholarship Fund
Support Cal Lu Students Challenge
Due to the generosity of George and Leanne Nielson, from 7 am to 8 pm, 25 gifts of $50 or more will unlock $5,000 for the Emergency Support Scholarship
The Pay it Forward Alumni Match
Cal Lutheran alumnus, Made in Italy restaurant owner Antonio Sessa ’15 hopes to inspire others to make donations to support international student scholarships. He has pledged a $5,000 donation when 15 donors make gifts of $150 or more, between 9 am and 3 pm, to the Freedom to Learn International Student Scholarship Fund. “ My experiences as an international student at Cal Lutheran changed my life and helped me to open my business. It feels good to be able to help other students like me who could really use the support. ” -Antonio Sessa
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