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.
2018-19 Scholarship Recipients
- Hometown: Austin, TX
- Major: Business Administration
Clayton Schrader, a junior from Austin, Texas, is a Business Administration major with an emphasis in Finance. He has consistently made the Dean’s list and has a 3rd degree black belt. He is president and founder of both the Pre Law Society and the Finance club at Cal Lutheran. Last semester, he studied abroad through the Semester At Sea program in which he visited 11 countries throughout Asia, Africa, and Europe. Through this program he participated with the Elephant Conservation Project in Myanmar, volunteered at City of Refuge Ministries in Ghana, and made friends from around the world. After graduating, he plans to attend Cal Lutheran’s MBA program and continue on to law school.
- Hometown: Simi Valley, CA
- Major: Mathematics
My name is Monica Kane and I am going to be a senior at Cal Lutheran this year. I am from Simi Valley, CA, and my major is mathematics. Some of my other academic interests include learning German and being a part of CLU Choir. On campus, I am a member of Catholic Community, PRIDE, and Math Club. I also enjoy tutoring in the Math Lab at CLU, working in the library, and being a lector at my church. Although I am not yet sure about my plans for after college, I am looking forward to staying committed to service, helping other people, and sharing God’s endless love for them. I am very grateful to the Community Leaders Association, and I look forward to seeing what the future will bring.
- Major: English/Secondary Education
My name is Raquel Gunkel and I am an incoming freshman at California Lutheran University majoring in English and Secondary Education while playing soccer. Throughout my high school career I have lead many events but, I will only talk about two. Relay For Life is an event that raises money for people who are currently battling cancer. I have participated in his event since I was in first grade and have lead a team of fifteen peers for four years. During my time at Cal Lutheran I plan on continuing to be a leader for this event that helps many families. I also ran an event called “Trick or Treat Street” where local elementary school students have a safe place to dress up for Halloween, play games, and get candy. Seeing the smiling faces on all 400 children makes the long preparation more than worth it. I’m a strong believer that if you give people a way to give back, they will. Therefore, my dream is to take my passions and give others the opportunities they never knew they needed.
- Hometown: Thousand Oaks, CA
- Major: History and Political Science (Emphasis: International Relations)
- Hometown: Napa, CA
- Major: Multimedia
Alejandro Guzman is an upcoming Junior going to California Lutheran University whose doing pretty well for himself. He's originally from Napa, California and is currently pursuing a bachelors in Multimedia with an emphasis in High Definition Digital Cinema. He has continually been on the school's Dean List and works in the school's own magnificent Pearson Library. Over the years at Cal Lu, Alejandro has enjoyed being involved with a multitude of campus clubs, participating in events, and volunteering around his community. He is currently the co-president of the Digital Cinema Guild and is an active member in Theatre Club. One event he's pretty proud of running is the "CLU 48 Hour Film Jam!", which is a competition that puts groups of students together to make a short film within 48 hours that will screen at the local AMC once done. He's quite unsure what his future will involve, but what he does know is that he wants to be involved with sharing stories and inspiring others to speak their voice.
- Hometown: Santa Ana, CA
- Major: Accounting
- Hometown: Riverside, CA
- Major: Multimedia
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.
- Hometown: Santa Monica, CA
- Major: Biology (Pre-Med)
Oliver Lee is an incoming freshman from Santa Monica, California. He is a biology major with a pre-med emphasis. He enjoys taking photographs with his digital SLR camera and intends to balance out his academic schedule with art and photography classes. Additionally, he enjoys mountain bike riding, hiking and spending time at the beach.
Since kindergarten, Oliver has been volunteering his time donating clothing and needed hygienic items to Los Angeles Family Housing. To this day he still makes yearly sack lunches for the residents as well as monthly goods donations. He accumulates money to buy necessities for LAFH by recycling plastic bottles and aluminum cans from his home and school. Additionally, Oliver has always been interested in the medical field and intends to pursue a career in medicine in the future. For the past 2 years he has been a clinical volunteer at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and is committed to continuing both ventures.
He is excited to attend Cal Lu, and knows that he will thrive within the community!