Graduate Scholarships & Grants

Cal Lutheran offers a variety of scholarships to graduate students in addition to available government programs. 

School of Management

Graduate School of Education

Graduate School of Psychology

Graduate Academic Scholarship

Application Required - Graduate Academic Scholarships are available to graduate and credential students based on financial need as demonstrated by the FAFSA and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. This competitive scholarship may be awarded up to $2,500 per academic year, dependent on full or part-time enrollment status and number of terms attending.

This scholarship application is open:

  • July through August for ALL incoming and continuing students for the upcoming academic year, AND
  • January through February for NEWLY admitted Spring term students only.

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Up to $2,500 per academic year

Russell & Linda Young Scholarship (MBA, EMBA, MSIT)

Application Required - The Russell and Linda Young Graduate Scholarship is an annual award provided to outstanding applicants to the MBA, EMBA, or MSIT programs. Eligible applicants must complete the general graduate scholarship application, submit a Letter of Motivation, and be admitted before being considered for this scholarship.  Applicants must also have a minimum 3.50 upper division undergraduate GPA.  The scholarships will be awarded in the fall. 

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4 awards at $2,500 each

Local Government Scholarship

Application Required - Cal Lutheran has partnered with local governments to offer their employees a $100 per credit reduction on any of our graduate and professional programs (future terms only).

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$100 per credit reduction

Corporate Partnership Scholarship

Application Required - Cal Lutheran has partnered with employers to offer their employees a $100 per credit reduction on any of our graduate and professional programs (future terms only).

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$100 per credit reduction


Community Scholars for Black Lives

Application Required - Cal Lutheran established the Community Scholars for Black Lives program to empower students to work in tandem with community leaders and create conditions for Black lives to flourish.

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Congregational Partners in Education (CPE) Award

Application Required - This award allows congregations of any faith to assist outstanding students who have demonstrated a commitment to the life and work of their church. Cal Lutheran will match gifts from the congregation in support of a student enrolled full-time up to $2,500 per academic year.

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Up to $2,500 per academic year

Teaching Credential Scholarship

Application Required - The Manken Family Scholarship is available for our full-time Teaching Credential students in the Graduate School of Education. (A separate application is available for students enrolled in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing credential program.)

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Up to $10,000

Cal Grant Teacher Credential Benefits

Application Required - You may be eligible for this Cal Grant Extension benefit if you were awarded Cal Grant A or Cal Grant B as an undergraduate AND will be enrolled in the Teacher Education Program within 15 months of last term you received the Cal Grant. Please visit Cal Grants website for more information. The FAFSA and Graduate Financial Aid Application must be completed to be considered for this grant.

NEW! Golden State Teacher Grant

Application Required - The Golden State Teacher Grant encourages students to consider earning a teaching credential and teach in a high-need field, at a priority school, in California for four years, within five years after completing a teacher preparation program. The program, initiated in Spring 2020, is a joint effort between individual schools and the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) that will award one-time Golden State Teacher Grant funds to eligible students enrolled in a teacher preparation on or after January 1, 2020. Applicants must agree to all terms and conditions of the GSTG program or be required to repay the grant.

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Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant

Application Required - Graduate students in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) and Special Education Programs are eligible to receive the TEACH grant, which provides funds to students who agree to teach full-time for at least four years of an eight year period in a high-need field at a school serving low-income students.

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Cal Lutheran Donor Scholarships for Teaching Credential Students

Application Required - Fill out an application through the Cal Lutheran Scholarships system to see if you are eligible for additional award opportunities in our scholarships database. Application period for 2018-2019 will begin in Summer 2018. Please check back later.

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$500 - $10,000

Please note that Cal Lutheran gift aid programs may not be combined in a single academic year.  If a graduate student is eligible for multiple types of Cal Lutheran gift aid programs, he or she will be given the opportunity to select the scholarship or grant aid program they prefer.