The proceeds of charitable events such as Hats and High Tea and the Annual Golf Tournament are organized by the Community Leaders Association to support the Cal Lutheran'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 Cal Lutheran, a committee also awards scholarships each year to students who excel academically and show committment to community service.
2017 Scholarship Recipients
- Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
- Major: Biology
- Hometown: Livermore, CA
- Major: Biochemistry
- Minor: Religion
Hello, my name is David Andrew Crago. I am so blessed and thankful to be chosen as a Community Leaders Association scholarship recipient. I am a going to be a senior at California Lutheran University. My major is Biochemistry and I love it! My vocation is to be a college science professor who can inspire and teach others in their pursuit of science. I plan on going to graduate school after graduation to help fulfil my vocation, and this scholarship helps makes this dream a reality. Another subject I love to explore besides science is my Christian faith. That is one reason why I am a minor in Religion. I hope that my faith can help guide me to make ethical decisions throughout my life and help me spread God’s love through my life and service. It is a life goal and passion of mine to have a commitment to service. I am involved on campus as a Chemistry tutor, Campus Ministry Sound Technician and Church Council member, Cell Biology research student, International Peer Mentor, Hiking and Adventure Club member, and in service projects such as helping in the local beach or garden. I am thankful for the many opportunities Cal Lu and this scholarship has given me, and this scholarship encourages me to continue being a leader with a commitment to community service.
- Hometown: Simi Valley, CA
- Major: Computer Science
- Minor: Multimedia
Joshua Janik is a student at California Lutheran University majoring in Computer Science and minoring in Multimedia. For eight years, Joshua has been working on and perfecting the art of video game development and has worked on projects from iPhone to the Virtual Reality (VR) headset HTC Vive. “Perspective”, one of Joshua’s latest games, has players exploring a claustrophobic cave as they solve puzzles that could only be done with current generation VR technology. Joshua’s work in video game development led to him creating and becoming the President of the Virtual Entertainment Club at Cal Lu. In 2016, Joshua won the Academic Excellence Award, given to the students with the top two GPAs at Cal Lu. Joshua also won 1st place at the Entrepreneurship New Venture Competition, where students propose their business idea to a group of investors and judges. Joshua is also a Junior Member at the World Famous Magic Castle.
- Hometown: Costa Mesa, CA
- Major: Interdisciplinary Educational Studies
My name is Amber Marroquin and I am incredibly thankful to the Community Leaders Association for giving me the opportunity to develop my skills as both a person and student at California Lutheran University in the fall. I am from Costa Mesa and have learned the importance of community through being apart of my church congregation at Lutheran Church of the Resurrection in Huntington Beach.
While growing up in this environment, I have been involved in vacation bible school, youth group, community service, and mission trips. It is through this setting I have discovered my passion for helping others and being a part of an ensemble. Teaching at vacation bible school has sparked my interest in becoming an Elementary School Teacher.
After volunteering at my church, I realized the power that I can have on someone’s life. Therefore, I organized a 5k run on Thanksgiving morning to help a family who has a son with autism. All of the proceeds were given to this family to help pay for their medical bills. At Estancia High School, I was a part of the Associated Student Body, cheerleading squad, and theatre. Being the President of Drama my senior year gave me the opportunity to experience the magic that occurs from being a part of a team. I learned the effectiveness of leading by example and creating a positive environment.
At California Lutheran University I plan on majoring in Education and minoring in Theatre Arts. I am very excited to begin my education at CLU and continue being a leader on and off campus. Thank you Community Leaders Association for making my hopes a reality!
- Hometown: Palmdale, CA
- Major: Interdisciplinary Educational Studies
- Minor: Psychology
Hi, my name is Courtney Martin and I am going into my last semester at California Lutheran University. I am currently majoring in Interdisciplinary Educational Studies with a minor in Psychology. Throughout my time at CLU I have played on the women's golf team and have been a part of two clubs; Club Teach and Her Campus. After I graduate, I plan to attend Cal Lutheran's credential program to achieve my dream of becoming an elementary school teacher. Cal Lutheran has truly made an incredible impact on me as a person and I plan to funnel that into my own future students. With the help of this scholarship I'm one step closer to making my dreams a reality.
- Hometown: Simi Valley, CA
- Major: Communication
- Minors: English & Entrepreneurship
Jaimilee Ruud is Junior at California Lutheran University, majoring in Communications and minoring in English and Entrepreneurship. On campus, she works at Media Services as a technician and is involved in clubs such as The American Marketing Association and The CLU Entrepreneurship Club. Additionally, Jaimilee is an Education Media Assistant at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute, managing social media outreach as well as an upcoming blog. When not at school or working, she enjoys serving on the Music Production team at her church, Discovery. One of her favorite hobbies is collecting vintage photographs and books. One day, she hopes to work in the music and entertainment world as an artist manager or concert photographer.
- Hometown: Vancouver, WA
- Major: Sociology
My name is Madelyn Terhune and I am very grateful to have received this scholarship. I am currently enrolled at California Lutheran University as a freshman. I graduated from Henrietta Lacks Health and Bioscience High school in Vancouver Washington, and plan on graduating college with a major in psychology and a minor in sociology. My goal after college is to continue my studies at medical school.
In high school, I was involved in many clubs such as the National Honor Society and Key Club. I was also involved in student government and planned many of our school events and assemblies. During my summers in high school, I volunteered at Girls Inc. St. Louis, mentoring young girls on how to be strong, smart, and bold.
While at Cal Lutheran I hope to join various clubs and get involved in both the school and the community. I am very excited to attend Cal Lu and to start a new chapter of my life. Thank you Community Leaders Association for the scholarship and the opportunity to attend Cal Lu.
- Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
- Major: Criminal Justice
- Minor: Theatre Arts
Sydney Tresvant is an incoming freshman from Las Vegas, Nevada. In high school, Sydney was President of Black Student Union, Vice President of Theatre, a DECA member, a member of the Las Vegas Jest Serendipity Improv Comedy Club, as well as an active member of Inspire Nevada. Sydney currently has a 4.8 GPA and graduated as her high school valedictorian. She has volunteered for homeless shelters and food pantries across her town, and is dedicated to fighting for social justice. In the fall, Sydney plans to study criminal justice with a minor in theatre arts.