2013 CLA Scholarship Recipients
Eight California Lutheran University students have received scholarships from the University's Community Leaders Association.
Incoming freshmen awardees are Ryan Cohen of Moorpark, CA, Julia Kearns of Simi Valley, CA and Andrew Lior of Newbury Park, CA. Continuing students are Michael Berquist of Lakewood, CO, Flavio Guzman of Arleta, CA, Alicia Nunez of Canoga Park, CA, Jae Park of Torrance, CA, and Paige Piper of Valencia, CA.
I, Michael Berquist am a sophomore at CLU, double majoring in Theatre Arts and Communications with emphases in performance and broadcast journalism. During my first year at CLU, in addition to maintaining a full course load, I performed in three theatrical productions on campus including The Trojan Women, which was honored at the 2013 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. In addition to acting during my freshman year, I also worked on the CLU Theatre Publicity committee and house managed the spring play. Although theatre is my first passion, I am grateful for all of the fantastic opportunities that CLU has given me. I am also a member of the CLU Choir and participated in the ensemble's tour of my home state of Colorado in the spring of 2013.
Supplementing my various performance ventures, I am also a member of the Honors program at CLU. In May 2013, I was a representative for the presentation of the honors class, At Home in the Universe at the Festival of Scholars, where we discussed and displayed innovations in 3D printing technologies that we had created in class.
While I am a true Kingsman at heart, the best part of my year is spent in Colorado with my favorite campers. For the past six summers, I have had the unbelievably amazing opportunity to work as a counselor at Camp Paha, a summer camp for children and young adults with physical and developmental disabilities. As a counselor, I try to ensure that campers have the best summer of their lives. Although my job is to inspire the campers, it is they who inspire me.
I have been blessed both by my campers and by the opportunities that the CLU community has given me. I would love to thank the Community Leadership Association for the true gift of this scholarship, which will allow me to flourish as a student, performer, and community leader during the next years at CLU.
My name is Ryan Cohen, and I'm 18 years old. I spend most of my time volunteering at Holy Cross Church in Moorpark. I'm there almost 10 hours each week, and for the past two years I have been serving as an usher, peer minister, young adult, actor, selected member of the retreat team, and anything else that I can help with. I volunteer at Holy Cross to lead by example and inspire the other peers and teens to be involved in their community like those who inspired me to start volunteering.
From Torrance, California, Jae Park is a senior majoring in music with double emphases in education and technology. He has sung with the CLU Choir since his sophomore year and enjoys going on choir tour every spring. For two years as a Peer Advisor, Jae welcomed first-year students to CLU and guided them through New Student Orientation. During the summer of 2013, he took a more active role in Orientation through his position as Student Orientation Coordinator by planning and implementing several Orientation events. Also actively involved with Campus Ministry, Jae co-leads Common Ground, a student-led worship service on Wednesday nights, and coordinates 3G Network, small gatherings of students who grow and gather in God. He is also the ASCLU Executive Recorder, serving the student body of CLU by managing minutes, legislations, social media, and website for ASCLUG.
Outside of class and other involvements, Jae enjoys making others laugh, watching Chopped on Food Network, and taking a nap in the library.
After graduation, he hopes to earn his teaching credential in music, teach for a few years, and further his education towards Master’s degree in music. He aspires to one day become a choral conductor.
2012 scholarship recipients Erin Morningred and Emily Werman with Vice President of the CLA John Short III.
The proceeds of charitable events such as Hats and High Tea and the Annual Golf Tournament are sponsored by the CLU Community Leaders Association to support the University's academic progams and its students. Over the years, the support of the Community Leaders Association has resulted in the donation of nearly $2 million toward enhancements in equipment and technology. In addition to providing funding for the academic departments at California Lutheran University, the Association also awards scholarships each year to students who excel academically and show committment to community service.