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 Kaitlyn Domingues and I will be studying Biology at Cal Lutheran in the fall. This past May I graduated from Saint Joseph High School in Santa Maria, CA. Throughout high school I was involved in several extracurricular activities. I was a 4 year member of Key Club, the National Honors Society, Christian Service Club, and a lifetime member of the California Scholarship Federation. These clubs have opened up several volunteering opportunities for me including working with the Kiwanis, feeding the homeless, and visiting many rest homes throughout the year to spread cheer. I am also very involved at Saint Louis de Montfort Church. There I taught a first grade CCD class every Wednesday since I was in the seventh grade and led a small group for the confirmation program. It is also where I have been employed as a weekend secretary since I was a sophomore. I enjoyed leading my class as a member of the associated student body since my freshmen year and my school as a member of the ASB Executive Board my senior year. Student government and volunteer programs are what I plan on getting involved in at CLU. In my moments of free time I enjoy following Angel’s baseball, crafting, and being adventurous with my friends. I am so excited to start the next chapter of my life at Cal Lutheran. I plan on going into the medical field and know that Cal Lutheran will give me the strong foundation I need to succeed in doing that. I would like to thank the Community Leaders Association for their recognition and also their assistance in helping me reach my goals.
My name is Shelby Jo Kitson and I am an incoming freshman. I graduated from Boulder Creek High School in Anthem, Arizona, where I was a member of many sports teams, clubs and organizations. I played Varsity Softball my freshman and sophomore years, and was a member of the two time, state runner-up competitive cheer squad. While not in a competitive sport, I served over 220 volunteer hours with National Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and as a student trainer for our athletic department. Some of these events included the Special Needs Prom, blood drives, community triathlons, peer tutoring, youth coaching, food drives, and many other events that took place on and off campus. As a student athlete who enjoys keeping busy, I also held a part-time position at Nike. Serving my community has been a role that has assisted in shaping who I am, but academics have been at the forefront of my life. I finished in the top 12% of my class of 600 students with a GPA of 4.17, while taking four years of Spanish, two years of college English, and a year of college math. At CLU I will major in Mass Communications with an emphasis in Broadcast Journalism, and a minor in Spanish. I am very excited to bring my passion for people and my love of sports to California Lutheran, where I will be a member of the 2015-2016 cheer squad. A few fun facts about me are: I have three biological brothers, one half-sister, three step brothers and three step sisters. I am leaving two dogs at home, a golden doodle named Peter and mini poodle named Frank. Along with English, I speak sign language and Spanish. I can throw a football better than most boys. I am left handed, love road trips and have a season pass to Magic Mountain. I cannot wait to start my life at CLU as a regal and become part of an amazing community. Thank you to the Community Leaders Association for assisting me in furthering my goals and making me feel like an important part of the CLU family.
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 Diana Marie Pasternak and I will be attending Cal Lutheran University in fall 2015, as an incoming freshman. I graduated San Marcos High School in Santa Barbara, California. Throughout my time during high school, I was involved in numerous organizations and clubs including: National Honors Society, California Scholarship Federation, and the San Marcos Every Fifteen Minutes Program, which was an event that I helped create and partake in, designed to remind my classmates of the dangers of driving while under the influence. I was also a part of San Marcos Leo Club and had leadership roles for three years, including co-president my senior year. I had the unique opportunity to participate in a student-run nonprofit organization called Kids Helping Kids at San Marcos High School. As a group we raised over $312,000 in one semester. The funds we raised helped subsidize advanced placement and SAT tests and helped purchase electric wheelchairs and visual aide machines for students at San Marcos High School. Kids Helping Kids also raised money to fund and build a safe house in Nicaragua, set up a preschool in Rwanda, and install water purification infrastructure in Honduras. I have found this work very rewarding. Throughout my high school career, I dedicated my time to working with children and learning how to teach. In addition to Kids Helping Kids, I assisted and instructed children through programs at my church, the public library, the Down Syndrome Association of Santa Barbara and my dance studio. During my senior year, I had first-hand experience working with an elementary school teacher while student teaching in a fifth grade classroom thrice weekly. Currently this summer, I am working as a Speech Pathologist’s Assistant at Camp Mariposas. This Santa Barbara-based program allows children between the ages of three and eleven to participate in fun activities—arts and crafts, games, music, dance—that enhance their communication skills and sensory development. I also worked at this camp last year and this is where I realized that I have a desire to work with and help children. After college, I hope to be employed in an environment where I have the opportunity to continue educating and helping others. I am so grateful for being chosen as a 2015 Community Leaders Association recipient. Thank you for this generous scholarship in helping me to attend Cal Lutheran University.
My name is Kerry Sanchez and I am an incoming freshman. I attended and graduated from St. Joseph High School in Santa Maria, California. I have participated in a multitude of extracurricular activities while at St. Joseph. I was an active member of the Rotary Interact Club, Key Club, and the California Scholarship Federation, as well as creating and being President of the Baking for a Cause Club. Another activity that was a part of my high school experience was associated student body. I served as class vice president during my freshmen and sophomore year, commissioner during my junior year, and finally as an Executive Board Officer my senior year. I also took part in my school’s Youth Ministry, in which we created retreats, masses, daily prayer, and prayer services for the student body. These activities allowed me to expand my compassion towards others when I participated in service activities such as feeding the homeless, playing Bingo at rest homes, and helping with benefit dinners. My community involvement included volunteering at the hospital and leading a small group through the confirmation program at my church, St. Louis de Montfort. I plan on continuing my involvement in service oriented and leadership clubs at Cal Lutheran in addition to studying Psychology in Honors Program. I cannot wait to begin in the fall and be a regal at Cal Lutheran University. I am thankful to the Community Leaders Association for their generous scholarship in helping me to pursue my goals.
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 National Honor 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 and 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 being the 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 school assemblies 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.