Visual and Performing Arts Scholarship (VAPA)

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

Incoming first-year 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 Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) application is closed for Fall 2023. Please email for any questions.


Deadlines for Fall 2023

Date Deadline
February 15, 2023

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

February 25, 2023

In-person audition day for Music and Theatre & 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 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 or Theatre Art & Dance scholarships must either submit a video audition and complete a Zoom interview or complete an in person audition.  


  • 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: