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

Graduate Incentive Grant

Automatic Consideration - Traditional undergraduate students who graduate from Cal Lutheran during the 2021-2022 academic year, and are admitted into one of Cal Lutheran's graduate or teaching credential programs, will automatically receive the $2,500 Graduate Incentive Grant when they begin the program within nine months of completing their bachelor's degree.  The Graduate Incentive Grant is a one-time use award, applied during the first term of attendance and students must be enrolled as a full-time student in their program. 


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

Reagan-Gallegly Fellowship (MPPA)

Application Required - Every year, our MPPA graduate program awards recent graduates from an undergraduate program (from any university) the Reagan-Gallegly Fellowship. Fellows don't just serve as ambassadors of the MPPA program at public events, they also receive a scholarship amounting to 50% of the program’s tuition, valued at approximately $15,000, to pursue their MPPA degree at Cal Lutheran over the course of one year.

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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

Manken Family 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

Educational Leadership Scholarship

Automatic Consideration - Cal Lutheran has established the Educational Leadership Scholarship to support future K-12 administrators in pursuing their preliminary administrative services credential. This scholarship is available for the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential or Masters in Educational Leadership programs. To be considered for the scholarship, applicants must submit their admission application by the March 1 priority deadline.

Up to $2,500

RISE Scholarship

Application Required - Are you a working parent pursuing a doctoral degree? The RISE (Radiant, Inspiring, Successful Educators) can help cover part of your tuition! A vision of four 2016 doctoral alumni, this scholarships helps alleviate financial costs of doctoral candiates who are also parents. Faculty from the Graduate School of Education will select the recipient of this scholarship in accordance with approved university policies and procedures.

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Up to $2,500
Apply by Sep. 19, 2021

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.

Golden State Teacher Grant

Application Required - The Golden State Teacher Grant (GSTG) encourages students to consider earning a teaching credential in special education and commit to teach at a priority school, in California for four years, within five years after completing a special education teacher preparation program. The Grant program 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 an approved special education teacher preparation program. 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 Graduate School of Education 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.

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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, they will be given the opportunity to select the scholarship or grant aid program they prefer.