California Scholarship Federation (CSF)
Founded in 1921, the California Scholarship Federation (CSF) is the oldest scholastic scholarship institution in the state of California. CSF membership status is nationally recognized by colleges, universities, and scholarship organizations.
CSF emphasizes high standards of scholarship, and community service for California high school students and encourages service to the school and community while fostering pride in academic scholastic achievement.
CSF Membership is gained after qualifying grades are earned each semester. At the beginning of each new semester, students are notified of their membership from grades in the prior semester. A point system specified in the CSF State By-Laws establishes the membership requirements. To secure eligibility for CSF membership, a student must earn sufficient points (10) from pre-approved course lists. The majority of the required membership points must from from A-G college prep course work (i.e. college prep, Honors, and AP classes). Students are informed of membership through the Beverly Buzz, weekly Aeries communication, and in their classes.
Lifetime Membership (Sealbearer) is achieved by qualifying for four or more semesters between the 10th and 12th grade years, and one of those semesters much be from the 12th grade. Lifetime members earn the CSF Gold Seal on diplomas and are recognized during graduation ceremony with gold cords. Seniors eligible for lifetime membership, will be notified of their eligibility at the beginning Spring semester of their senior year and have a clear deadline to pay their Lifetime Membership fees with the student store in person or online.
Membership counting towards lifetime membership (sealbearer) begins with grades earned in the 10th grade year.
Students may receive associate membership for grades earned in the 9th grade. Associate membership does not qualify for life (sealbearer) membership.
CSF membership is an award that may be listed on college applications, recognizing merit and academic achievement. CSF may be listed as a state award for the years of holding membership status. If you are unsure of your membership status for any previous semester, please email [email protected].
For more information, please visit the California Scholarship Federation site.
CSF Frequently Asked Questions
Who is eligible for CSF?
Upon completion of each semester, students may apply for membership. 9th Grade CSF membership counts as an Associate Membership, 10th grade semester through 12th grade count towards lifetime (sealbearer) membership. Each semester is an accolade that may be added to a college resume and is nationally recognized as an academic achievement.
What is required to be a member?
- Students need a total of ten points based on the lists of courses offered.
- A minimum of seven of the ten points must be from List I and List II courses, with four of these points from List I.
- The additional three points may be from List III. Students may use up to five courses to apply for membership.
- A grade of D or F in any subject, even if not begin used for CSF points, disqualifies the student for that semester.
- List I courses are academic, college prep coursework that are within the state framework. List II are college prep electives and additional college prep coursework not in List I. List III are almost all other courses offered at the school with few exceptions (ex. PE)
- For more specific information on the lists, please refer to the CSF By-Laws, Article IV, Section 6.
- Good citizenship standing is also a membership requirement.
For a list of updated course lists, please refer to BHHS CSF Course Lists
Who maintains the membership information for my student?
All membership records are held within BHHS. The state organization never receives the names of the members. There are over 150,000 students in CSF each semester, so the organization relies on the respective high school chapters to keep record.
What is a CSF Life member (Sealbearer) and how is this earned?
A Life Member or Sealbearer is a student who has earned at least four semesters of membership based on grades earned in 10th through 12th grades, with one semesters based on senior grades. Seniors will be notified in early Spring of their senior year of their Lifetime Membership eligibility, and will have a clear deadline to pay dues to the student store online or in person in order to receive recognition, pins, and cords upon graduation.
What recognition does a Life Member (Sealbearer) receive?
Students who are Life Members (Sealbearers) are to receive a CSF lamp pin, a gold seal on their diploma, and a gold cord to be worn at graduation.
Please email Mrs. Barneson, [email protected], or, if you are a student, visit the college center during lunch.