Community Leaders Association

2012 CLA Scholarships

Eight California Lutheran University students have received scholarships from the University's Community Leaders Association.

Incoming freshmen awardees are Erin Morningred of Moorpark, CA, Emily Werman of Agoura Hills, CA and Joseph Whitcomb of Simi Valley, CA. Continuing students are Kaylin Garcia of Modesto, CA, Nina Kuzniak of Las Vegas, NV, Nicole Mangona of West Hills, CA and Elmira Tadayon of Thousand Oaks, CA.

My name is Emily Werman. I graduated from Village Glen High School in Sherman Oaks, CA as class valedictorian. I love to play sports and was fortunate to develop my athletic ability as a varsity athlete on my high school track and basketball teams. I learned a great deal about team spirit and leadership as both a team member and captain. My main sport however is tennis. I am currently a ranked junior tennis player in Southern California and look forward to playing for Cal Lutheran on the women's varsity tennis team.

For the past six years, I have been a volunteer and teen leader at The Friendship Circle.  In addition, I am a volunteer in the Aceing Autism Program. My experience working in these organizations and helping special needs children and their families has given my life great purpose and meaning. During my years of volunteer service, I have received recognitions including the President’s Volunteer Service Award from the White House, The Lakers Student of the Month Award, The BNP Paribus Open Community Service Award and The Village Glen High School Community Service Award.

I look forward to attending Cal Lutheran this year to pursue my goal of becoming a special education teacher.

Erin Morningred is an 18 year old incoming freshman at CLU. She is actively involved in ministry at her church and has been for the past three summers. Erin has also volunteered at Junior Blind of America's Camp Bloomfield, a camp for the blind and visually impaired. In 2012 she served as a captain for her school’s color guard and was a member of the Corp Leadership Council for the Music Program. She has received the Silver Presidential Service Award and the Bronze Award for the National Spanish exam. Erin was raised in Moorpark, California and is excited to continue her education as a History major at California Lutheran University.

Nicole Magona is a junior at CLU and is double majoring in communication and political science. She hopes to become a magazine editor or work in the public relations field. Alongside being a full-time student, she works as a tutor at the CLU Writing Center and was a proofreader and a Features writer for CLU's newspaper, the Echo. Nicole also enjoys spending her time as an International Peer Mentor, Presidential Host, and club officer for Pi Sigma Alpha, the political science honor society, and Action Abroad Alliance, an international and local humanitarian club. During her time as a Presidential Host, she also helped out at the 2012 Hats & High Tea event. For the Fall 2012 semester, Nicole will be studying abroad in Washington, D.C. where she will be interning and taking political science courses. She would like to thank the CLU Community Leaders Association for this tremendous honor. She is grateful for the opportunity to employ this scholarship to further her education and career goals and to continue to be a proud member of the CLU family.

Hello, my name is Joseph Whitcomb. I graduated from Royal High School, in Simi Valley, California. In high school I was an active member in many clubs. I was a member of the National Honor Society, National French Honor Society, California Scholarship Federation, The French Club and the Science Club. I was awarded the Exceptional Student in French award. However my favorite school activity that I participated in during all four of my years at Royal was band. During the course of my four years at Royal I was a member of six different bands. While I loved playing in the jazz bands and our various concert bands, my favorite band was the marching band. I was very proud to be a member of the Royal Highland Brigade. During my senior year I was the Low Winds Captain. I took that position very seriously and was awarded The Captain of the Year award by the Marching Band Instructors.

While I loved all of my activities at school, I am particularly proud of my outside accomplishments as well. I volunteer with our local animal shelter, Ventura County Animal Services. I have worked at both the Camarillo location and the Simi Valley location. I have performed various tasks for the shelter, such as; cleaning kennels, taking pictures of the animals for the website, assist with various adoption events, and the Pet Food Pantry, where we distribute pet food to people who may be struggling during these hard economic times.

While attending California Lutheran University I will be majoring in Political Science, however I will remain faithful to my passion for music and join one (maybe more) of the bands here at Cal Lu. I am so excited to see what the future holds for me and can not wait to continue my studies here at Cal Lu!

I, Kaylin Garcia, am a senior and graduating this spring with majors in global studies and marketing communication. CLU has not only shaped my goals, but also created in me a quest for self-edification and improvement, but also a will to make an impact on others and impact communities around the world. After I graduate, I hope to make my mark by building and managing relationships between global brands and their consumers.

When people ask me about CLU, I always tell them, “I have had successes and experiences at CLU that I might never have achieved at another university.”  By the time I graduate this fall, I will have competed on the track team for four years, completed two awesome internships, been a part of a handful of on campus organizations, studied abroad twice (I’m headed to Oxford this fall!), and I will graduate this Spring with two degrees. I love telling people about our university. In fact for a while, it was my job! As the University Marketing Intern, I created video blogs and managed social networking for prospective students. Enriching our community as a resident assistant and an ASCLUG Programs Board marketer allowed me to make a direct impact on student experiences. I am excited for the opportunity to continue to share my story and enthusiasm for CLU at CLA events this spring.

Associations and scholarship foundations like the CLU Community Leaders Association have made my experience possible. I am so grateful for this generous scholarship, which has lightened my financial load and allowed me to continue to focus on learning and experiencing all that CLU has to offer.

Current scholarship recipients Erin Morningred and  Emily Werman with Vice President of the CLA John Short III.

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.