2015 CLA Scholarship Recipients
Nine California Lutheran University students have received scholarships from the University's Community Leaders Association.
Incoming freshmen awardees are Kaitlyn Domingues of Santa Maria, CA, Joshua Janik of Simi Valley, CA, Shelby Kitson of New River, AZ, Matthew Langmack of Tempe, AZ, Anna Lundsten of Mahtomedi, MN, Diana Pasternak of Santa Barbara, CA, Nicole Roed of Seattle, WA, Kerry Sanchez of Santa Maria, CA, and Hayden Smith of Colorado Springs, CO.
My name is Anna Lundsten and I am an incoming freshman. I graduated from Mahtomedi High School in Minnesota. Throughout high school I was involved in INTERACT, Mahtomedi Service Partnership, and Spanish Club. I also swam for my high school swim team for four years and was a captain this past year. When not competing for my school, I was swimming for a year round swim team for the past 10 years. Being a part of these activities facilitated my involvement in my school and the surrounding community. Outside of school, I volunteer at a homeless shelter for Hispanic families, called Casa Guadalupana, located in St. Paul. There I have learned the importance of bridging language and cultural differences.This concept was reinforced through my work in Uganda, Africa. I have sponsored a 13 year-old girl through Uganda Orphans Fund for three years, and I write to five other girls who live at the orphanage along with her. In the spring of 2014, I had the opportunity to travel to Uganda; specifically, Kasozi Village (the orphanage). There, I was able to meet the girls I correspond with, spend time with the young girl that I sponsor, and spend two weeks volunteering in the orphanage. The two weeks I spent in Uganda didn’t change my life, they redefined it. I learned so much from the children and people that I met. I learned new priorities: people are priorities. My biggest lesson was in love; my heart was broken by an overwhelming passion for the Ugandan people and their culture. This trip was my inspiration for a Psychology and Global Studies double-major at California Lutheran University. Upon graduating I am planning to work in Ugandan orphanages as an Art Therapist for orphans and the former child soldiers. I would like to thank the Community Leaders Association for their help in pursuing this goal.
My name is Hayden Smith and I graduated from St. Mary's High School in Colorado Springs, Colorado. At St. Mary's, I participated in numerous extracurricular activities, playing football, ice hockey, and baseball all four years along with being in the Student Government program and NationalHonor Society program for my junior and senior years. Through athletics, I was a team captain for the varsity football team both my junior and senior years and a captain for ice hockey and baseball my senior year. I was the junior class treasurer and senior class vice president for student government, and I put on blood drives an book drives through the National Honor Society. I embraced my role model position by tutoring younger students in our feeder schools in my free time as well. Some of my accomplishments include the offensive MVP and quarterback of the year for football, as well as all-conference and all-state titles in the sport, along with beingthe recipient of the Bob Otto award for leadership, the highest leadership award my school gives out. I was also an all-conference and all-state baseball player my senior year, and led many schoolassemblies through student government. I feel that two of my biggest accomplishments thus far are being named a captain at the 2015 Colorado High School Coaches Association All-State football game, and signing to play football for the Kingsmen the fall of 2015. Some things about me are that I am a big outdoorsman, and I love to fish and camp. I am a huge Denver Broncos and Colorado Avalanche fan, and support the Boston Red Sox during the spring. I love sports and staying active, so I am very excited to see what new opportunities California Lutheran University has to offer me. I plan on following my father's footsteps as a dentist, so I will be studying pre-dentistry at CLU with a major in exercise science.
The proceeds of charitable events such as Hats and High Tea and the Annual Golf Tournament are sponsored by the CLU Community Leaders Association to support the University's academic progams and its students. Over the years, the support of the Community Leaders Association has resulted in the donation of nearly $2 million toward enhancements in equipment and technology. In addition to providing funding for the academic departments at California Lutheran University, the Association also awards scholarships each year to students who excel academically and show committment to community service.