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California Junior Scholarship Federation

What is CJSF?

CJSF is a statewide organization that honors academically excellent students in junior high and high school (CSF).

What are the benefits of membership?

Students will find that being a member of CJSF allows them to be in a group of students who are also academically successful. Students will be able to participate in activities that help the community as well. Honor members will receive special awards in their 8th-grade year for their hard work and all students will receive membership cards.

Becoming an honorary member in middle school gives students an advantage when entering high school. Honor members are able to enter CSF as a new freshman before other students can enter. This is based on the work they did in middle school. In order to gain a lifetime membership in CSF (recognized nationally and looks great on college applications), students must be a CSF member 4 of 8 semesters of high school. There are also opportunities for scholarships and community service at the high school level.

Honor Members

CJSF students become Honor Award Members by achieving membership in 3 out of 4 semesters in 7th and 8th grade. Honor Members will receive the official  CJSF Honor Pin and the CJSF Honor Member Certificate. 

Who can apply?

7th and 8th-grade students who meet the requirements are eligible to apply for CJSF. CJSF Membership is based on scholarship and is gained after qualifying grades are earned each semester.  In order to become a member, the student must submit an application each semester the student is eligible. A point system specified in the CJSF State By-Laws establishes the membership requirements.

Application Deadlines

Fall semester applications are due no later than Friday, September 17th, 2021 (i.e. 09/17/2021-using only classes/grades from Spring 2021 to qualify)

Spring semester applications are due no later than Friday, February 4th, 2022 (using only classes/grades from Fall 2021 to qualify)

Steps to Apply

  1. Download the application form  here
  2. Email completed application and a copy of your most recent report card to chapter adviser, Shaina Sullivan at

Please remember that due dates are final. There will be no acceptance of late applications. Applications are due by midnight on the due date.

Membership Dues

Membership is applied for and granted by each semester. Dues are $3 per semester and can be paid via cash/check. Information about who to make checks payable to and where to send will be provided in your acceptance email.


  • I submitted my application…does that mean I am automatically a member?
    Unfortunately, no. The state organization has a rigorous point system for membership based purely on the letter grades of the student. The adviser will review your application and your point total will decide if you become a member or not.
  • I applied but I haven’t heard anything yet…
    Please contact the CJSF adviser at
  • I have A’s and B’s, but I didn’t qualify for membership. Why?
    Membership is based on points, if you have more B’s than A’s you might not have enough points. If your A’s are in classes like P.E or Teacher Assistant then we cannot count them. Do your best each semester to earn the most outstanding grades you can! 
  • Why do we have to apply each semester?
    We apply each semester because grades change. We want to make sure you still qualify.
  • Why don’t you accept late applications?
    In the laws of the state organization of CJSF, it specifically states that late applications may not be accepted. Chapters that do so can lose their membership. Turning applications in on time is part of being in CJSF. Please plan ahead, stay informed, watch the news at school, and don’t forget!
  • I lost my membership card…how can I get a new one?
    Contact your chapter adviser at

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