California Scholarship Federation
The California Scholarship Federation (CSF) is an honor organization established for the purpose of fostering high standards of scholarship, service and citizenship on the part of students at California’s high schools.
CSF encourages all students to strive for excellence. Life Members are those students who are members for at least four of their six semesters from sophomore through senior years (one semester must be based on grades earned in the senior year). Life Members, also known as Seal-bearers, have the gold seal of CSF affixed to their diplomas and are awarded "lamp" pins. Gold stoles are awarded to Life Members (Seal-bearers) who maintain and "Active Member" status at JSerra and are worn on graduation day. The Class of 2006 was the first graduating class from JSerra to be comprised of students bearing the CSF seal. These individuals found their CSF Life Membership advantageous in gaining scholarships and seeking college/university acceptance.
Membership in CSF is neither automatic nor compulsory. It is the responsibility of the student to apply for membership before the announced deadline each semester. Eligibility is determined by the grades earned in certain classes and is based on work in grades 10, 11, and 12 only. CSF membership is based on a point system depending on grades. Semester members are those whose grades and citizenship from the previous semester meet the eligibility standards and who apply during the enrollment period. Semester members are classified as "Active Member" or "Inactive Member" for that semester. Active membership requires four hours of pre-approved community service per semester, attendance at monthly meetings, and semester dues payment.