Visual and Performing Arts Scholarship (VAPA)

The Visual and Performing Arts have a prestigious home at Cal Lutheran. Whether staging a play in our Blackbox Theatre, touring the world with our CLU Choir, or pushing the boundaries of conventional art, our students pursue artistic expression without limits.

Incoming freshman and transfer applicants with superior talent in the areas of Music, Theatre Arts, or Visual Art can apply and audition for a VAPA Scholarship prior to enrolling at Cal Lutheran. Music and Theatre Arts Scholarships can be awarded up to full tuition and are renewable for subsequent years.

To apply for the VAPA Scholarship you must complete the application form and audition.

VAPA Application

The 2022 Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) application is now closed.

Deadlines for Fall 2022

Round 1: Priority Application for First-Year Students
Date Deadline
November 15, 2021

Deadline to submit VAPA application

November 20, 2021

In-Person Audition Day* for Music and Theatre Art & Dance 

Deadline to submit portfolio items (Visual Art) or Video auditions* (Music and Theatre Art & Dance)

Round 2: Application for Transfer Students and Regular Application for First-Year Students
Date Deadline
February 15, 2022

Deadline to submit VAPA application

February 19, 2022

Deadline to submit portfolio items (Visual Art) or Video auditions (Music and Theatre Art & Dance)

Application Requirements

All students must first submit an application for admission to California Lutheran University, prior to submitting an application for VAPA. 

Visual Arts

Students applying for Multimedia or Fine Art must submit a portfolio to be considered for a scholarship (see below for portfolio requirements).

Music and Theatre Art & Dance

All students applying for Music and Theatre Art and Dance scholarships must submit a video-audtion and complete a Zoom Interview.  


  • Students may audition for scholarships within the Multimedia, Music, Theatre Arts, and Visual Art categories; however, if offered multiple VAPA scholarships, the student can only accept an award from one department and must decline all other offers.
  • The VAPA Scholarship replaces (if higher) any academic scholarship, Presidential Scholarship, or Public Price Promise Scholarship the student was awarded.
  • Students cannot receive an Academic Scholarship (or Presidential Scholarship), the Public Price Promise Scholarship, and the VAPA Scholarship at the same time.
  • If a student is awarded an Academic Scholarship (or Presidential Scholarship), or Public Price Promise Scholarship prior to being determined eligible for the VAPA Scholarship, they will be given the option to choose one of the three scholarships they would like to use while attending Cal Lutheran.
  • The student must retain the scholarship they choose at that time (Academic/Presidential/Public Price Promise or VAPA Scholarship) and may not change their award decision after they begin attending Cal Lutheran.
  • Students must meet annual eligibility requirements to maintain the VAPA scholarship.


For more information about the VAPA Scholarship, please e-mail: