Scholarships

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.

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2019-20 Scholarship Recipients

Garrett Mueller
Garrett Mueller '20
  • Hometown: Palm Desert, CA
  • Major: Political Science
Student Bio

Garrett Mueller is finishing his studies in Political Science with an emphasis in Law & Public Policy. From being a Senate Representative, Presidential Host, and a Student Ambassador, he has also been active off-campus, volunteering for multiple political campaigns, working in the governor’s race, and interning for U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein. He is spending his fall semester at the University of Oxford studying philosophy, politics, and economics, and will spend the spring semester interning on Capitol Hill. After graduation, Garrett hopes to continue his political career in Washington, D.C., and eventually run for public office.

AllisonDickson
Allison Dickson '22
  • Hometown: Riverside, CA
  • Major: Multimedia
Student Bio

Allison Dickson is an incoming freshman at CLU. She is majoring in Multimedia and minoring in Marketing to later open her own graphic design advertisement firm. On campus she plans to play on the Women’s Water Polo team and find clubs that follow her interests in cooking, dancing, camping, ceramics, and photography. Allison has previously worked on community projects such as being the lead artist on a 16 foot ceramic mural commemorating veterans for a special event her high school puts on called King High Remembers. She also was an officer and founding member of the English Second Language club at her school where she planned cultural events to bring together students from different backgrounds. Furthermore, she worked as a volunteer cross age tutor for foreign students in the English language development program. She was the secretary and then president of the Creative Writing Club and began annual open mic events to bring together club members, outside school peers, and visual arts students by showcasing their work. Throughout this, Allison played varsity water polo for 4 years as well as participating on the tennis and swim teams and maintained a high GPA for all 4 years of high school, always making the scholar athlete award.

Niki Roberts
Niki Roberts '23
  • Hometown: Sonora, CA
  • Major: English
Student Bio

My name is Niki Roberts, and I am a transfer student from Columbia College in Sonora, California, which is my hometown. My major is English, and at Cal Lutheran, I plan to obtain a Bachelor of Arts degree, a Master of Arts degree, and a single-subject teaching credential to become a high school English teacher. I have made the President’s List at Columbia College every semester that I have been enrolled, and I was recently selected as one of the top eight students at Columbia College by the faculty, receiving “Student of the Year” recognition. I am additionally a member of the Phi Theta Kappa honors society. I have worked at an after school and vacation child care program called P.M. Club for two years and have received consistent promotions throughout my time there. Roughly six months ago, I stepped into the “Head Teacher” position, which put me second-in-command for the program. During the summer of 2018, I went on a mission trip to Ensenada, Mexico. On this trip, we visited a women's shelter, a children's shelter, and a local elementary school near Ensenada. Our tasks for the week included helping with construction projects at our partner church in Ensenada, playing with all of the kids at the three programs we visited, giving the women at the shelter manicures and pedicures, and taking the children at the elementary school to a local zoo. Before the trip, we loaded donations of clothing items, shoes, and toys into a trailer to haul to Ensenada to donate to the programs we visited.

Abigail Vierra
Abigail Vierra '22
  • Hometown: Tulare, CA
  • Major: Sociology
Student Bio
Abigail Vierra will be transferring in as a Sophomore at California Lutheran University this fall, and is very excited to start her journey there. She is a Sociology major, and after graduation she plans on obtaining a Masters in Occupational Therapy in order to pursue a career in that field. She is from Tulare, CA and was given many leadership roles in high school, such as being the Spirit Ambassador for ASB, president of the PEP club, playing multiple varsity sports, and receiving the drama department award. She was a very involved student, who also used her leadership skills to better her community. Abigail has a heart for people and finds much joy in serving others; she has received multiple awards for her community service. Her most prominent volunteer work was with a student lead ministry called Teens Encounter Christ, where she has a large role on the planning committee and has been given a lot of responsibility. She looks forward to continuing her academic career at this wonderful school, and taking on leadership roles in different clubs and school organizations. Lastly, she would like to thank the Cal Lutheran Community Leaders Association for this honor, and is very grateful for this opportunity.
Lauren Graf
Lauren Graf '21
  • Hometown: Carpinteria, CA
  • Major: Art & Communication
Student Bio
Lauren Graf is a junior at California Lutheran University and is a double major in Art and Communication, with an emphasis in Advertising and Public Relations. She is a University Honors Student, a two-year recipient of the Academic Excellence Award, and has been on the Dean's List for all her semesters at CLU. Lauren is the most senior Department Assistant for the Art Department. When she's not at the William Rolland Art Center, she can be found giving tours across campus to prospective families as a Presidential Host or collaborating with friends at Lord of Life meetings as the worship group's secretary. Beyond art and writing, Lauren's greatest passion is the environment, and she sees herself working for environmental advocacy organizations as a graphic designer or illustrator after college. Currently, she lives out this love of the earth at CLU as the president of Green Club and the coordinator and lead artist for the SEEd Garden community mural. Outside of CLU, Lauren spends her free-time volunteering with the Conejo Valley Rotaract, a non-profit volunteer organization sponsored by the Thousand Oaks Rotary, as well as working for her hometown’s non-profit playhouse theater as their marketing manager.
Jessica Garcia
Jessica Garcia '23
  • Hometown: Oxnard, CA
  • Major: Business Administration
Student Bio
My name is Jessica Garcia and I’m an incoming freshman to Cal Lutheran. I am a graduate of Oxnard High School class of 2019. A few of my interests consist of dancing, swimming, hiking, filming, and traveling. Through the past couple of years, I have dedicated my time to various community service activities through my involvement in Key Club. As I transition into college I plan on being a part of various clubs on campus, such as Future Business Leaders of America, Latin American student organization, Adventure Club, and Circle K. Throughout my high school years I have been part of the Multimedia Business Academy, which helped me expand my interest in film, marketing, and collaborative work. While in the academy I worked with my peers to create various projects in which we would go through the process of creating a company, a product, and ways to advertise it, which grew my interest in the field of business . Therefore, I plan on majoring in Business Administration with a minor in marketing. I hope that once I receive my MBA and get more experience in the field of business I can start a business of my own. Therefore I am very grateful to have received the CLA scholarship which contributes to my opportunity to continue my education and one day create a business of my own.
Manuel Pimentel
Manuel Pimentel '23
  • Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
  • Major: Exercise Science
Student Bio
Manuel Pimentel will be an incoming freshman at California Lutheran University and will be majoring in Exercise Science.  While in high school he participated in numerous community service events, so he can help people in need.  He plans on playing on Cal Lu’s football team and joining as many school clubs as he can.  Over the summer he attended the STEM program at Cal Lu and got a head start in the business field he is interested in.  He hopes to become an orthopedic physician specializing in sports medicine or physical therapy so he can still be around the sports he loves. He is very excited for the upcoming years at California Lutheran University and what they have in store for him.

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