California Scholarship Federation

Juniors and Seniors ONLY!

CSF Applications will be able to be submitted tomorrow Monday 8/16 – Friday 8/27. They will only be able to be turned in during nutrition break, in room 210. NO LATE OR INCOMPLETE SUBMISSIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED!!

Here is what you need to submit a successful application:
1) Completed CSF Form, can be found below. The document can be edited online then printed, it is a live PDF.
2) Printed transcript, instructions can be found on this post — (DO NOT ASK COUNSELORS OR REGISTRAR TO PRINT FOR YOU)
3) CSF Form stapled ON TOP of Transcript

If you have any questions, please refer them to our email at: or our Instagram page: orhs_csf

ONLY EMAIL Mr. Valdez after you have tried the first email and or Instagram. He will not respond if you have not used those mediums first.


Directions on how to print your transcript

CSF Application

CSF Google Classroom code: 6hkllsc


I hope you all had as successful a first semester as possible, keep pushing through. My name is Julian Valdez, some of you may know me as a teacher or coach. I serve the role of CSF Advisor. The California Scholarship Federation, Inc. is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to recognize and encourage academic achievement and community service among middle and high school students in California.

I would like to share some exciting news with all of you regarding the application for the 2020 Fall Semester. This school year we will be doing things a little bit differently when submitting your application. Here are the steps to follow for completing the application for grades from last semester. The new application will be uploaded onto Google Classroom on Tuesday (1/26) at 8am.

1. Only courses from 10th grade and up are applicable — Sophomores (C/O 2023) can now apply!! Freshmen (C/O 2024) you will be able to apply next school year in the Spring of 2022.
2. Those applying need to join our Google Classroom the code is: 6hkllsc
3. Watch the “how to” video, or read through the “how to” slides
4. Complete the application by no later than 11:59 PM on February 10th.
5. The application must be submitted to the assignment found on the Google Classroom stream.

Submission of the application will confirm your place in meeting the deadline, however, applications will not be cross checked until we are back on campus. At that time you will be told whether your application met or was short of the required point totals.

Should you have questions AFTER you have read through ALL of the slides and watched the video you may email me at Please understand that there are hundreds of applications that are submitted every semester, I will not be able to respond to emails which have been addressed in this message or on Google Classroom.


Julian Valdez
Social Science / English Teacher
Cross Country Head Coach
Track & Field Head Coach
Otay Ranch High School

What is CSF?
CSF stands for the California Scholarship Federation and it is a nationally recognized honor society. Starting in 10th grade, if you are a member of CSF for at least four semesters, including one semester during your senior year, you will graduate as a life member of CSF. CSF life members receive special recognition at the graduation ceremony.

How due you qualify for CSF membership?
You must apply to be a member of CSF every semester based on the previous semester’s grades. You must earn a minimum of 10 points from the previous semester’s grades (the first 4 points must come from LIST I courses; the first 7 points must be from LISTS I & II courses; it is possible to have all 7 points be from LIST I courses and none from LIST II); the remaining points may come from LIST I, II, or III courses – for a copy of the breakdown of courses by LIST please refer to the 2nd page of the application. You may use no more than 5 courses to qualify for CSF membership. CSF points are granted as follows: A = 3 CSF points (an A in an AP or Honors course earns 4 CSF points); B = 1 CSF point (a B in an AP or Honors course earns 2 CSF points). A note on extra points in AP classes – you may only use the extra point earned from taking an AP or Honors course twice, resulting in an allowed maximum of 2 extra points on the application. C = 0 CSF points. A grade of D or F in any course (scholarship or citizenship), even if you are not using the course to qualify for CSF, disqualifies you from membership at that time.

When can you apply for CSF membership?
The application window for CSF is the first two weeks at the beginning of every semester. Membership for the current semester is determined by grades received the PREVIOUS semester. For example if you apply for CSF membership in the Spring semester, you are using your final grades from the previous fall semester to qualify. Applications must be submitted by the announced deadline (please check the due date at the top of the application). There are NO EXCEPTIONS for applications turned in after the announced deadline.