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California Scholarship Federation

What is CSF?

The California Scholarship Federation (CSF) emphasizes high academic standards, community service, and citizenship for California high school students. Founded in 1921, and with over 1600 chapters, the California Scholarship Federation is the oldest scholarship institution in the state of California.

Membership Info

CSF Membership is based solely on academics and is held during the semester following when the qualifying grades were earned and are for one semester only. A point system specified in the CSF State By-Laws establishes membership requirements and the student must earn sufficient points from pre-approved course lists. In order to become a member, the student must submit an application each semester the student is eligible.

Life Membership (Sealbearer)

Life Membership status is achieved by a graduating senior who has achieved membership during 4 of the last five/six semesters of high school, with one semester’s membership based on senior grades being obligatory.

Who can apply?

Students in the second semester of the 10th-12th grade, who meet the requirements, are eligible for semester membership.

Associate Members*

Second-semester ninth-graders and first-semester tenth-graders whose grades meet CSF requirements.

*Please note Associate Membership DOES NOT count towards Life Membership and/or Sealbearer Status

Scholastic Qualifications

  • Must earn a minimum of 10 points on the CSF Scale
  • May use no more than 5 classes to qualify
  • A’s = 3 CSF Points
  • B’s = 1 CSF Point
  • AP courses add 1 point with a maximum of 2 extra points per semester

Special Recognition for Life Members

  • Embossed Gold Seal on Diploma
  • Official CSF life membership pin
  • Eligible for special CSF life membership scholarships
  •  “CSF Life Member” noted on Transcript

Application Deadlines

Fall semester applications are due no later than Friday, September 17, 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 4, 2022 (using only classes/grades from Fall 2021 to qualify)

Membership Dues

Membership is applied for and granted by each semester. Dues are $5 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.

Step 1
Download and print these worksheets to help determine eligibility:

Step 2
Complete the online application here.

Step 3
Email applications to

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