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All aboard!! 7th and 8th grade CJSF members

Be ready to submit award nominations/applications:

Chapter number and region MUST be correct on all Award submissions!!! Award nominations and submissions with incorrect Region and/or Chapter number risk being disqualified.


Huhn Award  |  DiGiovanna Award

Marian Huhn CSF-CJSF

Marian Huhn

The Marian Huhn Memorial Award

The Marian Huhn Memorial Award recognizes outstanding 7th & 8th grade student members of California Junior Scholarship Federation for their academic excellence and service to the school and community. In 1989, the “CJSF Honor Award” was renamed in remembrance of former CJSF Registrar Marian Huhn.

  • Students must be nominated by their CJSF Adviser. Each chapter may have two nominees.
  • Nominations open: November 15th  every year.
  • Nomination deadline: February 25th at 6pm every year.
  • Nominees must participate in their region’s Huhn Workshop  (view Calendar) to be considered for the financial award.
  • Chapter must be in good standing. Chapter dues must be current through June 30, 2022.

Get ready to nominate – read this helpful news post:

Advisers: ***If you need any assistance contact***

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

Advisers of active CJSF chapters in good standing* are eligible to nominate one or two members each year.
Nominees must be in 7th or 8th grade and should be selected based on their contributions to their chapter, school, and community.

*Chapter dues current through June 30, 2021.

Advisers must submit nominations electronically via the nomination portal by the February 25th deadline.
NOTE: The portal is password-protected. Advisers should have received the password via email; if not, please request via email and include your school name for verification. If you have any difficulties using the online application, please don’t hesitate to contact us for assistance.

Materials Advisers Will Need to Make a Nomination
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 from your student nominees before accessing the portal for submission.

  1. Student/parent contact information: mailing address, phone, and email
  2. Service & Awards (PDF or Word) – Prepare a single document (not limited to one page) with the following category headings. List items using bullet points. Include degree and length of involvement. Only list items that have occurred in 7th & 8th grade, but include previous years if activity has continued into 7th & 8th (eg. played AYSO soccer from 3rd grade to present)
    1. CJSF Service & Activities
    2. Academic Awards & Activities
    3. School Service & Activities
    4. Community Service & Activities
  3. Nominee’s Personal Statement (PDF or Word) – Limit to one double-spaced page. The letter should give the selection committee insight into the nominee’s character, interests, hobbies, and goals for the future. Please do not include photographs.
  4. CJSF Adviser Letter (PDF or Word) – Should help the committee to gain insight into the nominee’s intellectual and emotional maturity, reaction to criticism and disappointment, leadership capacity or organizational skills, sense of humor, integrity, concern for others, willingness to serve, and creativity. Support generalities with specific anecdotal evidence whenever possible. The committee will already be familiar with the nominee’s academic and activity records. Limit to one page.
  5. Signed Publicity Release Form – Click on PUBLICITY RELEASE FORM tab to download.

***If you need any assistance contact***

Nominations will be assessed according to the the Point Assignment Guidelines. There are fifty (50) points possible for each nominee. Members of the selection committee formed to read the Huhn Award packets will be directed to assess the uniqueness and variety of the nominee’s activities, including leadership, to assign points in the following areas:

I. List awards and activities (limit of one page for each category)

  1. CJSF service and activities 10
  2. Scholarship awards and activities [do not include transcripts] 5
  3. School service and activities 5
  4. Community service and activities 5

II. Letters (All letters MUST BE TYPED and signed.)

  1. CJSF Adviser 10
  2. Nominee’s statement 15

Recipients for each region will be announced during the spring conferences.

Publicity Release form MUST be signed and uploaded with the nomination

The nomination form requires four files to be uploaded when completing the nomination form. Only Word and PDF files are acceptable.
Please name these files as follows:

  • Nominee Service & Awards: nominee_last_name-service | Example: tyler-service.pdf or Tyler-service.docx
  • Nominee Personal Statement: nominee_last_name-personal | Example: tyler-personal.pdf or Tyler-personal.docx
  • Nominee Adviser’s Letter of Recommendation: nominee_last_name-adviser | Example: tyler-adviser.pdf or Tyler-adviser.docx
  • Nominee Publicity Release Form: nominee_last_name-release | Example: tyler-release.pdf or Tyler-release.docx

***If you need any assistance contact***

The nomination period begins on November 15th. Advisers were sent an email with a password to submit nominations online by February 25th. If you need the password email with your school name and chapter number.

Submit Nomination

  • Get Service & Awards document, Personal Statement, and signed Publicity Release from your nominee, save as PDF files.
  • Prepare Adviser Letter (PDF) .
    • Read PREPARING FILES FOR UPLOAD tab and name the files appropriately.
  • Complete the nomination form below and upload your the documents. The form requires a password. Check your email for the password or contact
  • Chapter number and region MUST be correct on award submissions!!! Award submissions with incorrect Region and Chapter number risk being disqualified.
    Click here to look up your chapter number region.
  • Email addresses:
    • An email confirmation of your nomination will be sent to the adviser email address you enter on the application form. If it’s not in your Inbox, check your spam/promotions folder.
    • For the nominee email address, please use a parent’s or student’s personal email address – not a school email address as many schools block outside emails. We will email the nominee/parents to notify them of their nomination.
    • If you do not receive the email confirmation, contact

Nominations have closed for the 2020-2021 Huhn Award.

Joanna DiGiovanna CJSF award

Joanna DiGiovanna

DiGiovanna Memorial Award

In memory of long-time CJSF adviser / CSF-CJSF Board Member Joanna DiGiovanna, we are pleased to offer this award for CJSF students again this year.

Mrs. DiGiovanna was a very dedicated teacher and CJSF adviser at Piute Middle School in Lancaster who was passionate about the CJSF members in her chapter as well as throughout California.  She later served as a volunteer on the State Board of Directors for eight years as CJSF Vice President (South Central) and CJSF Registrar until her passing in June 2016.

  • Students must write an essay.
  • Submissions will be accepted beginning: November 1st every year.
  • Application deadline:  January 13th at 6pm every year.
  • Chapter must be in good standing. Chapter dues must be current through June 30, 2023.

2022 Writing Prompt

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

CJSF prides itself on service to communities.  Tell us how your service experiences impacted you, your school and community.

Use the form on page to submit essay no later than January 13th at 6pm.

Submission Guidelines: 

  • Essay format using. Sign your letter with your first name & word count. Please do not include your last name or school name in the essay.
  • Typed & double-spaced.
  • 600 – 800 words.
  • Save your essay as a Word/doc file or PDF.  (Only Word and PDF files will be accepted.)
  • One entry per student.

Information you will need to provide when completing the application:

  • An email address where we can contact you; please use a non-school email or your parent’s email.
  • Your CJSF chapter number and region. Ask your adviser or look it up here
  • Your CJSF Adviser’s name and email address.
  • Your school Principal’s name and email address.
  • Publicity Release form completed and signed by a parent or guardian.


  • CJSF student members in 7th & 8th grades of chapters in good standing* are invited to submit an entry by the January 13th deadline.

*Chapter dues current through June 30, 2022.

The winning submission will be selected by the family of Joanna DiGiovanna or a selection committee comprised of California Scholarship Federation board members.  The recipient(s) will be announced during the spring conferences.

There will be one award recipient in each region; each winning recipient will receive a $100 award.  Additional winners may be selected, depending on the availability of funds. Announcement of winning entries will be made on March 1st.


2021-2022 CJSF DiGiovanna Award Winners


  • Couleene Echiverri, 2019-2020 CJSF DiGiovanna Award South Central Region Recipient
  • Andrew Chung, 2019-2020 CJSF DiGiovanna Award South Region Recipient
  • Dylan Churilo, 2019-2020 CJSF DiGiovanna Award North Region Recipient
  • Rachel Baek, 2019-2020 CJSF DiGiovanna Award Central Coast Region Recipient
  • Stefania Sesock, 2019-2020 CJSF DiGiovanna Award Central Region Recipient

Who received the DiGiovanna Award in previous years?

If you need any assistance throughout the nomination process, please contact