Marian Huhn Award Nominations Open November 15-February 25

Advisers are invited to nominate one or two California Junior Scholarship Federation members who exemplify the ideals of the Marian Huhn Memorial Award. This award recognizes outstanding 7th & 8th grade student members of California Junior Scholarship Federation for their academic excellence and service to the school and community.

A total of $6,250 is awarded annually, with five students from each region receiving a $250 award.

Students must be nominated by their CJSF Adviser using the online nomination form here

Nominees must participate in their region’s virtual Huhn Workshop to be considered for the financial award.

CJSF DiGiovanna Award Essay Contest for 2020

November 1, 2020 – January 13, 2021, CJSF members in 7th and 8th grade are invited to write an essay in response to the following prompt:

This year has brought forth many changes in each of our lives. How have you maintained the CJSF ideals of serving your community during these challenging times? Share one or two service opportunities that you participated in or created over this past year.

Submit your essay online using the form on

There will be one award recipient in each region; each winning recipient will receive a $100 award.

Michelson Award Essay Contest for 2020

CSF members submit your essay between November 1st and December 22nd. This $1,000 award is available to all seniors who are members of a CSF chapter in good standing.
Write an essay in response to this prompt: Describe a volunteer experience you have had and its impact on you and your community.
Get all the details and submit your essay here:

Community Service Ideas: Collaborative Document

Please add any great ideas you would like to share with the CSF/CJSF Community.

If you want to keep track of or maintain accountability for individual student community service hours:
Create a verification of service form and distribute to students before they perform service. Include: student name, event, authorized adult signature, date, number of hours. Etc. You may need to verify adult signatures.
If you have a form you use and wouldn’t mind sharing, please provide a link:

It is never a bad idea to contact your local newspaper or TV new channel to promote and publicize your event.


IDEAS (gathered from other advisers at previous adviser conferences):

  • Adopt a bus bench
  • Adopt a family in need (e.g. Thanksgiving baskets)
  • Adopt a museum display
  • Adopt a new student to help ease their transition
  • Adopt a grandparent or preschool or bulletin board
  • Adopt a highway (every quarter)
  • Animal literacy: socialization at the animal shelter (read to dogs)
  • Answer letters to Santa
  • ASPCA (e.g. collecting blankets for animal shelters, etc.)
  • Assist at Open House or Back to School night
  • Assist with existing tutoring programs
  • Assist during textbook distribution
  • Bicycle repairs
  • Box tops for elementary schools (count/collect)
  • Breast Cancer awareness
  • Candy stripers
  • Celebrate local police or firefighters and host a dinner for them
  • City parade volunteers
  • Christmas caroling
  • Church pantry volunteers
  • Collect coats or blankets for the homeless
  • Collect e-waste and donate items for a cause
  • Collect new or gently used books for local shelters or a school in need
  • Collect shoes or tee-shirts/clothes for those in need (e.g. homeless students)
  • Collect something every month
  • Contact a chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation for opportunities to help
  • Contact Operation Gratitude and coordinate a project
  • Contact Ronald McDonald house and organize a collection
  • Blankets of Love
  • Project Angel Tree
  • Partner with Kiwanis, Lions, etc.
  • Host Valentine’s dance at convalescent hospital
  • Curb address painting for seniors
  • Decorate doors at senior centers
  • Disaster relief collections
  • Errands for the elderly
  • Computer lessons for the elderly
  • Check online community volunteer opportunities
  • Graduation volunteers: decoration, programs, etc.
  • Graffiti clean up
  • Hand deliver cards to VA workshops
  • Halloween Festival volunteers
  • Halloween party, festival or carnival
  • Happy Hats
  • Have a position for a Community Service Officer
  • Help at events for special needs children
  • Soup Kitchen/ Food Pantry
  • Canned food drive
  • Freshman orientation
  • Christmas Toy Drive

Fundraising Ideas: Collaborative Document

Please add any great ideas you would like to share with the CSF/CJSF Community.

Fundraisers that can be carried out online or in person!

  • Candy Sales
    • See’s Candies has a very nice online fundraising program with no minimums. Valentine’s Day is a coming up and would be a great time for this easy to do fundraiser.
  • Seasonal Sales:
    • Valentine grams
    • Valentine carnations (roses)
    • Candy Cane grams
  • “Opportunity drawings” (pizza, donated prizes)
  • Sponsor teacher vs. student competition
  • Create and sell cookbooks
  • Partner with a restaurant for a virtual fundraising event
  • Book covers with school emblem/logo – take orders online
  • Sell singing “telegrams”. Ask for email address of recipients. Use Zoom to deliver the musical messages.
  • Virtual concert. Make use of the talent of your chapter members to create an online experience and sell tickets to it.
  • Virtual talent show. Ask supporters to submit their virtual talent show performances video. The videos can be compiled for viewers to vote on their favorite. Charge an entry fee. Consider offering several prizes, including for best overall, most humorous, most talented child, etc. to boost participation.
  • 24-hour campaign. Get in on GivingTuesday – December 1, 2020
    Send emails to potential supporters requesting donations on December 1st, or any date you choose.


Fundraisers best for post-COVID life!

  • Bake Sales
  • Seasonal Sales:
    • Valentine grams
    • Valentine carnations (roses)
    • Candy Cane grams
  • Rummage Sale
  • Sell pencils (Smencils)
  • Athletic Event Programs
  • Car wash
  • Sponsor Dances
  • “A-thons” (jog-a-thons, dance, swim, run, bike, jumprope, read)
  • Recycle- newspapers, aluminum cans
  • Book fairs (donated paperbacks, etc.)
  • Sponsor talent shows (including teacher talent shows)
  • Sell daffodils on “friendship day”
  • Sponsor teacher vs. student competition
  • Cow chip bingo
  • Concession stand at a school or community event
  • Gift wrapping at a local store
  • Sell hot chocolate on winter mornings
  • Make and sell candy leis for graduation (YouTube demonstrations)
  • Penny War
  • Book covers with school emblem/logo

OTHER IDEAS TO RAISE FUNDS (For purchasing chapter awards, student recognition supplies)

  • Contact local merchants to make a presentation seeking their sponsorship of donation.
  • Contact the local Chamber of Commerce, Kiwanis, Rotary Clubs, to seek their support or donation. In turn, perform community service for their events.
  • If permissible, seek donations from students or parents or school staff.

Dues are Due on November 1st – Late Fees Waived

Dues are due no later than November 1, 2020.

  • For this 2020-2021 year late fees will not be imposed for dues paid by June 30, 2021.

Late payment of dues may affect chapter “good standing” for award nominations.

Please note: To be in “good standing” for Seymour Award nominations, chapter dues must be paid for 2020-2021 prior to nominating students for the Seymour award.