What is CJSF?

 The California Junior Scholarship Federation (CJSF) is an Honor Society whose purpose is to foster high standards of scholarship, service, and citizenship in California students in grades seven and eight. (6th graders as well as first semester 7th graders have no official CJSF status.)

CJSF Membership is based on scholarship and citizenship. Membership is granted for the semester following the one in which the qualifying grades were earned. A student must submit an application each semester s/he is eligible.

CJSF and CSF: Founded in 1967, the California Junior Scholarship Federation is part of CSF, the oldest scholarship institution in the state of California.

  The California Scholarship Federation (CSF) is an honor society for high school students. Students may apply to join during 2nd semester of 9th grade (once they’ve earned high school grades) and each semester afterward for a nominal fee. Membership is noted on high school transcript and qualifies students to apply for tuition scholarships.

 Should a student maintain membership during enough semesters, s/he receives a gold tassel to wear on the graduation mortarboard, then a Gold Honor Cord, then an Honor Stole, to wear with the gown.


Benefits of joining CJSF

Students who are members of CJSF for 3 semesters are recognized with an Award Certificate at 8th Grade Awards Night.

Students who participate in CJSF develop the mindset to complete applications in a timely manner and are prepared for high school CSF membership as well as meeting deadlines for club, scholarship, and college applications.

Membership in CJSF and CSF are excellent additions to future college applications and job résumés.


How to join CJSF

  • Applications are accepted only during a two-week Membership Drive each Fall and Spring
  • Membership is open to all 8th grade students as well as second-semester 7th graders
    • Students must re-apply for membership each semester
  • Applications are available at the Counseling Office
  • Membership is based on grades and citizenship earned during prior semester
    • Use your Semester Report Card
  • Carefully read and complete the application
    • Eight (8) “grade points” minimum are required for membership
  • A parent signature is NOT required
  • Completed applications are due to the Counseling Office NO LATER THAN 3 p.m. on the final day
  • Late Applications CANNOT be accepted. This rule is strictly enforced by the state CJSF organization

CJSF Coordinator: Nicholas Vega

Office Location: Counseling Office

Email Address: nicholas.vega@smusd.org