2014 CLA Scholarship Recipients
Ten California Lutheran University students have received scholarships from the University's Community Leaders Association.
Incoming freshmen awardees are Cosette Compton of Ferndale, WA, Samantha DiMaggio of Canyon Country, CA and Danise Kluss of Newbury Park, CA. Continuing students are Ryan A. Fleming of Moorpark, CA, Lauren L. Petta of Castaic, CA, Elise Schumacher of Puyallup, WA, Grace Stepien of Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, Megan Elizabeth Tiu of West Hills, CA, Juliana Jones of Aliso Viejo, CA and Lauren Marie Witman of Simi Valley, CA.
My name is Lauren Witman, and I am a senior at CLU. This spring, I will be graduating with a B.S. in Psychology, with an emphasis in Health and Wellness Applications. With this, I hope to go on to graduate school in order to earn a Master's of Occupational Therapy (MOT) and become an Occupational Therapist. I am looking forward to the opportunity to walk alongside patients in that role as they work towards a full and successful life. I will also be receiving a minor in Theology and Christian Leadership. For the past three years, I have served as an Adult Worker with Youth at the Simi Valley United Methodist Church, where I was also active in the youth group prior to college - volunteering and leading various activities. I love mentoring the middle school youth there and hope to continue youth work in the years to come. I am also an intern in the Community Service Center on campus, and I help plan our Alternative Break trips. I enjoy serving as a leader in that capacity as well, engaging students in service beyond their local communities. This position as well as an internship served as a part of my minor have stretched the leadership skills that I developed earlier in life to new levels. CLU has provided me with an excellent foundation for understanding myself in relation to the world and prepared me well for my future endeavors, and I could not be more grateful.
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.