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 or CADAA 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:

  • June 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

Gallegly Fellowship (MPPA)

Application Required - Every year, our MPPA graduate program awards recent graduates from an undergraduate program (from any university) the 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 Organization Discount

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

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$100 per credit discount

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

Automatic Consideration - The Manken Family Scholarship is available for our full-time Teaching Credential, Education Specialist Credential, and Deaf and Hard of Hearing Credential students in the Graduate School of Education.

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Up to $10,000

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

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 or CADAA must be completed to be considered for this grant.

Golden State Teacher Grant

Please note that legislation updates may affect program eligibility, award sizes, and service obligation length for 2024-2025. More information will be available in late July or early August 2024.

Application Required - The Golden State Teacher Grant (GSTG) encourages students to consider enrolling in professional preparation program and commit to working at a priority school, in California for four years, within eight years after completing preliminary teaching or pupil personnel services credential. The Grant program is a joint effort between individual schools and the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) that will award Golden State Teacher Grant funds to eligible students enrolled in an approved preliminary teaching or pupil personnel services credential program. Applicants must meet all terms and conditions of the GSTG program or be required to repay the grant. Applicants pursuing a teaching credential who are already in process of clearing a teaching credential, already hold a clear teaching credential, or are in an induction program are ineligible for the GSTG.

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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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Overton Scholarship

Automatic Consideration - Graduate students in the MS in Quantitative Economics program are eligible for consideration for the Overton Scholarship, which assists graduate students with demonstrated academic excellence in their pursuit of postgraduate Cal Lutheran education in economics.

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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

The School of Management People(s) of Color Graduate Student Scholarship

Application Required - The School of Management at California Lutheran University is dedicated to inspiring and encouraging future leaders of color worldwide and empowering people(s) of color to change the world. This scholarship is a commitment to always recognize this underserved community by providing an educational opportunity.

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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.