PVPHS Chapter of CSF

California Scholarship Federation (CSF) is an organization that emphasizes high standards of scholarship and community service for California high school students. It was founded in 1921 and it is the oldest scholarship institution in the state of California. Mrs. Betsy Okamoto (H65) and Miss Alicia Foulk (H66) are the advisers for this great organization. Should you have any questions or concerns regarding membership or anything in general, please contact either adviser. Please read the following information about the organization and find out why you should join as well as finding out important dates for the new school year.

What is CSF?

California Scholarship Federation (CSF) honors outstanding high school students for their academic excellence and community service and is recognized by colleges and universities throughout the country. Students may join CSF by simply applying for membership after each semester’s grading period of high school (eight semesters total). Students may apply for membership should they meet the eligibility requirements. Students may check the eligibility lists that are posted outside of H65 and the Hawthorne Office to see if they meet the requirements. Please note that students are not automatically inducted into CSF; they must apply for membership each semester. If a student is a member in CSF for at least four (4) semesters by graduation (only sophomore through junior years with at least one semester from their senior year), they are granted the title of CSF Gold Sealbearer. They are presented gold cords to be worn at graduation, gold seal on their diploma and a note on their official transcript that indicates they have achieved Gold Sealbearer distinction. They are also eligible for one of the many scholarships that CSF awards every year.

Freshmen may join CSF after they have completed one semester of high school. They are considered junior or associate members under the constitution of the state CSF Board. Therefore, their first year in high school does not contribute to Gold Sealbearer status; once again, only their sophomore, junior and senior years count. However, students are encouraged to join and be recognized for their academic achievement. CSF membership is published each semester in the PTA PawPrints and on the CSF web site.

During the spring semester of their junior year, members in good standing are eligible to run for a position on the CSF Board which they will hold as a senior. The positions of president, vice-president, secretary and treasurer, and four at large representatives are open. Board members assist with the membership drives, the Gold Sealbearer Banquet, as well as the yearly elections. This provides an opportunity for leadership experience and school involvement.

The Application Process

The application process is rather simple as it consists of three lists that weigh academic required classes, academic electives, as well as other qualifying classes and activities (such as AVID and Orchestra). Ten points must be earned (on each semester’s application) to be eligible; applicants are disqualified if they earn a D, F or U in any class that semester. The points are based on the grades a student receives; three (3) points for each A, one (1) point for each B. If a student takes an honors or Advanced Placement (AP) class, they will earn a bonus point for the grade (i.e. A in AP Chemistry would be four (4) points, three (3) points plus the bonus point). The membership/application fee is $20 each semester. Participation in school and community activities is encouraged, but is not required for general membership; however, if a student earns Sealbearer status (membership in four semesters starting with their sophomore grades with one during their senior year), they may apply for the community service stole which is worn at graduation. The stole signifies that a student has not only achieved high marks in high school, but has also devoted much of their free time to assisting their community. They simply have to show proof of a minimum of 60 hours community service.

One important thing to note, applications must be submitted by the designated deadline, retroactive membership is NOT allowed except for grade changes by faculty. Another thing to note about the application process is that the deadline is very specific and set in stone. If the deadline is 3:00 p.m. by September 23rd, the application will not be accepted if it is turned in at 3:01 p.m. on September 23rd. The applications must be turned in by the applicant; no one else may turn it in for them regardless of the situation. The application period is two (2) weeks long; plenty of time for students to handle their business.

Transfer Students: If a student transfers from another school in California and was a CSF member, they must notify advisers as the membership is transferable. If a student transferred from another school in California and was not a CSF member, they may not go back and apply for membership for semesters past; however, they may start the process at Peninsula if there are still four semesters in which they will attend the school. Transfer students, PLEASE notify advisers immediately and they will help with the process.

Contact Information

Mrs. Betsy Okamoto, Room H65, extension 665, email: okamotob@pvpusd.k12.ca.us
Miss Alicia Foulk, Room H66, extension 676, email: foulk@pvpusd.k12.ca.us

2011-2012 Dates to Remember

Membership applications will be available February 1st and the deadline for submission will be February 17th. The grades earned during the fall semester, which will end January 20, 2012, must be used. Please note that Summer school grades may NOT be used under any circumstance. Check with the advisers, Mrs. Okamoto or Miss Foulk, before submitting the application if you have questions. For students’ convenience, there will be an eligibility list posted outside of the Hawthorne Office as well as H65 which contains the names of all students eligible for CSF. Community college credits taken concurrently with the high school courses may be used on the application. The completed applications will only be accepted in room H65 during lunch, sixth (6th) period and after school until 3:00 p.m.! All instructions and requirements for eligibility are on the application. Students may pick up an application from the Hawthorne Office, or H65 starting February 1st. Announcements will be made in the Daily Bulletin, on PVPHS.COM, and in PawPrints. It is the student’s responsibility to adhere to these deadlines. No Late Applications Will Be Accepted! Not hearing the bulletin is not an acceptable excuse. Once you pick up your application, tell your friends. Don’t wait until the last minute!