This $1,000 award is available to all seniors who are members of a CSF chapter

To apply, students must write an essay in response to the following prompt:

“At the 2009 National Conference on Volunteering and Service, First Lady Michelle Obama said, ‘The idea is to emphasize…that service is a part of who we are as Americans and to highlight the power of service to make a difference in people’s lives.’  As a member of CSF whose state motto is ‘Scholarship for Service,’ how would you describe your community service efforts in making a difference in people’s lives, and how would you expand this opportunity to include more volunteers?

Essays must be submitted via this link by December 22, 2016.

Submission Guidelines:

  • 800 – 1000 words
  • Please do not include your last name or school name in the essay
  • Typed & double-spaced
  • One entry per student

The winning essay will be selected by a committee comprised of California Scholarship Federation board members. Essays will be evaluated on the basis of (1) relevance to the prompt and (2) quality of writing. Honesty and academic integrity will be expected of all submissions, and any occurrence of plagiarism is unacceptable. Failure to comply with any of the above rules will result in automatic disqualification.

The winning student and his/her adviser will be notified by the selection committee by mid-February.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email the CSF Central Office


Glenn Michelson




Glenn Michelson (pictured right), a beloved member of the CSF family, was a strong advocate of service to our communities. A math teacher at Sequoia High School in Redwood City, Glenn served for over 20 years as the chapter’s CSF adviser. He spent several years as a member of the CSF/CJSF state board, serving as regional vice-president, CSF registrar, historian, legislative chair, and state president. He led by example and continually promoted the CSF motto of “Scholarship for Service.” Upon his death, Glenn bequeathed funds for this award to recognize students who also have a passion for service.