Do you volunteer, have decent grades, and want to join a club with the potential of getting scholarships and graduation bonuses?
APPLY to San Ramon Valley’s
California Scholarship Federation
What is CSF?
CSF (California Scholarship Federation) is a nationally recognized academic club that emphasizes community service. CSF provides students with a wide variety of volunteer activities in which they can participate.
How do I get into CSF?
Contrary to popular belief, a 3.5 GPA does not guarantee eligibility. Membership into CSF requires a certain number of points that are determined by the courses a student takes and the grades earned in the previous semester. A copy of last semester’s report card (print if electronic) needs to be attached to the completed application form, and points will be totaled. As eligibility is based on the previous semester’s grades, freshmen are not eligible to apply until the spring, unless the student was in CJSF for three semesters in middle school. (Students must provide a copy of the CJSF membership certificate or diploma that has the CJSF seal for consideration.) Classes qualifying for membership are determined by the state organization, not by San Ramon Valley High School. These classes can be viewed by clicking on the CSFBylaws.pdf file at the bottom of this page or any of the links in the text below.
What are the different types of membership in CSF (see Article III of the bylaws for more details)?
According to CSF bylaws
, students who meet the membership requirements and apply their freshman year or the first semester of their sophomore year are granted Associate Membership. This type of membership counts as being an active member in the club, but does not
count towards Lifetime Membership (also known as "Sealbearer" membership).
Semester Membership: Semester members are students in their second semester of their sophomore year, both semesters of junior year, and both semesters of senior year who have met the eligibility standards during the preceding semester.
Lifetime Membership: Is awarded to any student who has obtained Semester Membership for at least four of the six semesters between their sophomore and senior year. One semester must be from their senior year. Please see Article V Section I of the bylaws for more information.
What are the fees for CSF?
Club fees are $8 per semester and are due at sign-ups. These fees are for club expenses. A portion of these dues goes towards the cords and pins that seniors receive at graduation, in addition to scholarship money awarded at the end of the year.
When do I apply for CSF?
Sign-ups for the fall semester will be held in September, and the spring sign-ups will be held in January, after the first semester report cards are released. Notification of sign-ups will be through the ebulletin and schoolwide posters. Applications are available online. Completed applications are also to be returned to the advisor's classroom or to a box outside of the Principal's office. Late applications cannot be accepted.
When and where are the meetings?
CSF meetings for the school year are held in the auxiliary gym. If any changes occur, students will be notified via email and e-bulletin.
What do I do in CSF?
Members of CSF are required to attend monthly meetings. In addition, active membership requires that students participate in at least two CSF sponsored events each semester. One of the activities must require physical involvement (ie: cleaning the Iron Horse Trail), and the other activity can be passive (ie: donating canned food). These activities will be announced at monthly meetings, as well as posted online. Volunteer hours are filled out via Google Form online. Points will be processed and posted online.
What is the advantage of being in CSF?
Students who are active in CSF for four or more semesters during their high school career will receive a cord to wear at graduation, and “active” members are eligible to apply for the CSF scholarship during their senior year. Students who are members for the required four semesters can also attain a CSF “lifetime” membership. This lifetime membership will be shown on their diplomas with a seal.
Where can I get more information?
Students who have any questions about CSF may ask the officers during the meetings. Students may also send an email to the club president. The club advisor is Mrs. Budhabhatti.