Seymour Award Nomination


Background

The Charles and Marian H. Seymour Memorial Award was established to honor the founders of the California Scholarship Federation.  The award is regarded as one of the highest scholastic honors given to high school students in the state of California.

Award

The first award of $25 was made in 1936 to Elizabeth Murphy O’Neil of Fresno. Today, over $100,000 is awarded to a group of 50 graduating Sealbearers each year.

Eligibility

Advisers of active CSF chapters are eligible to nominate one or two students each year. Nominees must have earned Sealbearer status after their first semester of the senior year.

Nomination Guidelines

Advisers must submit nominations electronically via the nomination portal by the February 18 deadline. Paper nomination packets are no longer accepted.

NOTE: The portal is password-protected. Advisers should have received the password via email; if not, please send us a request (office@csf-cjsf.org) and include your school name for verification. Advisers should not share this password with nominees. If you have any difficulties using the online system, please don’t hesitate to contact us for assistance.

Nomination Materials

The adviser should assemble all of the following required materials for the chapter’s nominee(s). While an adviser may submit the chapter’s two nominees separately, it is not possible to save a nominee’s partial application to complete later. As such, please collect all of the following materials before accessing the portal to submit your nominee(s).

  1. Nominee contact information: mailing address, phone, and email
  2. High school transcript (PDF) – Must include first semester senior grades. The transcript should also show any classes taken off-campus for which the nominee has received credit.
  3. List of nominee’s current classes (PDF)
  4. List of nominee’s activities (PDF) – Include CSF membership, offices held, & activities by semester, non-CSF offices & activities, awards & recognitions, and employment. Please clarify any activities unique to your school.
  5. Nominee’s Personal Statement (PDF) – Limit to 2 double-spaced pages. Describe significant personal experiences during the high school years, as well as values, aspirations, and commitments. Parts of this statement may be quoted at the spring conference. Please do not include photographs.
  6. Two Recommendation Letters (PDF) – Limit each to 2 double-spaced pages. Parts may be quoted at the spring conference.
    1. CSF Adviser – Please address how your nominee has exemplified the CSF motto (“Scholarship for Service”) in some or all of the following areas: the school environment, leadership, service to the community, and your CSF chapter. Help us understand his or her character. Make sure we know why you have nominated this student. Anecdotal evidence is often persuasive.
    2. Community Member – This letter should focus on the nominee’s character and role in the community. It should be written by an adult who knows the nominee well outside of the school. Persuasive letters have been written by supervisors of volunteer or paid work, service club advisers, neighbors, religious leaders, etc.  Letters by family members or peers should be avoided. The writer should include how long he or she has known the nominee and in what capacity.
  7. Publicity Release Form accessible here

Selection Timeline

February 18: Nomination Deadline

Early March: Ten nominees from each of CSF’s 5 regions will be selected as finalists. Finalists and their advisers will be notified by email, and the names of finalists will be posted on our website and Facebook page. Each of these finalists will be awarded $2,000 (see NOTE below).

Throughout March/April: At each regional conference, the region’s ten finalists will be interviewed to select the recipient for the region. Each region’s recipient will receive an additional $3,000.

NOTE: If selected as a finalist, the student must attend the spring conference in his or her region and fully participate in the interview process on that day in order to receive any financial award.  Finalists who are not able to attend the conference to participate in the interview process will forfeit their award.

Criteria

We will be looking for those Sealbearers who best personify the CSF motto, “Scholarship for Service.” Demonstrated excellence in both service and scholarship is key to a nominee’s selection.  

Questions?

If you need any assistance throughout the nomination process, please contact the Central Office at office@csf-cjsf.org. We look forward to working with you.