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 Wind Ensemble, 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 $30,000 and are renewable for subsequent years.

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


VAPA Application Deadlines for Fall 2016
November 1, 2015 Deadline for students who are applying for Early Action admission
January 1, 2016 Deadline for students who are applying for Regular Decision admission

Deadline for all Transfer applicants

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All students applying for this scholarship must audition to be eligible. Before scheduling an audition you must apply for admission to California Lutheran University, or have started the process. The process for scheduling and completing auditions differs between performing arts (music and theatre) and visual arts (art). All auditions must be completed in November (Early Action applicants) or February (Regular Decision applicants and Transfer applicants). 

VAPA Audition Deadlines for Fall 2016
Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015 Deadline to audition for students who are applying for Early Action admission
Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016 Deadline to audition for students who are applying for Regular Decision admission

Deadline to audition for all Transfer applicants
Performing Arts Scholarship Audition (Music and Theatre)

Created exclusively for theatre and music applicants, this will be an opportunity to audition and meet faculty and student members of the Cal Lutheran performing arts community. Detailed information about the performing arts audition day will be sent to you once your audition time is finalized. If you are unable to audition in person, other options will be available.

Please see the audition requirements for the music and theatre arts departments.

Audition Day Schedule
Time Event
8:30-9:00 am Check In
9:00-3:15 pm Auditions
Visual Art Scholarship Audition (Art)

In person auditions are not required for the Visual Art Scholarship. For audition information, please visit the Art department website.


  • Students may audition for scholarships within the 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 CLU Guarantee Scholarship the student was awarded.
  • Students cannot receive an Academic Scholarship (or Presidential Scholarship), the CLU Guarantee Scholarship, and the VAPA Scholarship at the same time.
  • If a student is awarded an Academic Scholarship (or Presidential Scholarship), or CLU Guarantee 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/CLU Guarantee 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 contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission.