For middle school/junior high school CJSF members, there are two awards.

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.
  • Nominations open: November 15, 2018.
  • Nomination deadline: February 18th, every year.
  • Nominees must participate in the Huhn Workshop at their region’s spring conference to be considered for the financial award.
  • Chapter must be in good standing. Chapter dues must be current through 2017-18 school year.


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 2018-19 school year.

Advisers must submit nominations electronically via the nomination portal by the February 18th 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 request via email office@csf-cjsf.org and include your school name for verification. If you have any difficulties using the online system, 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) – Prepare a single document 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) – 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 – 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. Community Member Letter – Advisers may provide a written explanation of the award, with guidelines similar to the above, for the nominee to present to the community person when he/she requests the letter of recommendation. Remember, the letter should not be written by an adult who is a relative of the nominee or someone associated with school (including teachers). Limit to one page.
  6. Signed Publicity Release Form


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 5
  2. Community person 5
  3. Nominee’s statement 15


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

The nomination form requires five 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
  • Nominee Personal Statement: nominee_last_name-personal
  • Nominee Adviser’s Letter of Recommendation: nominee_last_name-adviser
  • Nominee Community Letter of Recommendation: nominee_last_name-community
  • Nominee Publicity Release Form: nominee_last_name-release


The nomination period begins on November 15, 2018. Advisers were sent an email with a password to submit nominations online by February 18, 2019. If you need the password email patricia@csf-cjsf.org with your school name and chapter number.

You need a password to access this form.  If you need the password email: patricia@csf-cjsf.org, please include your school name and chapter number.

Advisers: 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.

2017-18 Huhn Award Recipients

Central Region
Daniel Chen, Cruickshank Middle School, CJSF Chapter Adviser Wendy May
Mia Giannandrea, Ridgeview Middle School, CJSF Chapter Adviser Jessica Malmsten
Gabrielle Jasso, Our Lady of Mercy, CJSF Chapter Adviser Mary Tyler
Katelyn Perez, Oak Grove School, CJSF Chapter Adviser Melana Mazman Moore
Zachary Robinson, Cruickshank Middle School, CJSF Chapter Adviser Wendy May

Central Coast
Samuel Chen, Sequoia Middle School, CJSF Chapter Adviser Leilani Montoya
Jocelyn Foreman, J. Douglas Adams Middle School, CJSF Chapter Adviser Lisa Kennealy
Lily Mintz, Dartmouth Middle School, CJSF Chapter Adviser Christine Campbell
Suvan Shangle, Fallon Middle School, CJSF Chapter Adviser Terri Sharbach
Aarushi Wadhwa, Moreland Middle School, CJSF Chapter Adviser Kristi Kirwan

Haven Counihan, Sycamore Middle School, CJSF Chapter Adviser Liz Ayon
Jessi Garrett-Larrance, Marsh Jr. High, CJSF Chapter Adviser Pam Bodnar
Leighton Tarke, Brittan Elementary School, CJSF Chapter Adviser Heather Azevedo
Hunter Valencia, Brittan Elementary School, CJSF Chapter Adviser Heather Azevedo
Jenna Villapania, Sycamore Middle School, CJSF Chapter Adviser Liz Ayon

Sohum Bhargava, Carmenita Middle School, CJSF Chapter Adviser Ruthel Kim
Alexis Francis, Van Avery Prep CJSF Chapter, Adviser Theresa Bolton
Rachel Hong, Van Avery Prep CJSF Chapter, Adviser Theresa Bolton
Elarya Morcos, Competitive Edge Charter Academy, CJSF Chapter Adviser Javier Madrid
Adithya Saranathan, Carmenita Middle School, CJSF Chapter Adviser Ruthel Kim

South Central
Malina Au, Parras Middle School, CJSF Chapter Adviser Rachel Andrews
Brooke Goldman, Parras Middle School, CJSF Chapter Adviser Rachel Andrews
Shelby Green, Newcomb Academy, CJSF Chapter Adviser Alyson Almulla
Kaitlyn Mack, Newcomb Academy, CJSF Chapter Adviser Alyson Almulla
Jacquelyn Valdivia, Bellflower Middle/High, CJSF Chapter Adviser Veronica Reynolds

Who received the Huhn Award in previous years?

Joanna DiGiovanna CJSF award

Joanna DiGiovanna

50th Anniversary DiGiovanna Memorial Award

In honor of CJSF’s 50th Anniversary and the recent passing 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: Wednesday, November 1, 2018
  • Application deadline: Saturday, January 13, 2019

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.

CJSF student members in 7th & 8th grades of chapters in good standing* are invited to submit an entry by the January 13, 2019 deadline.

*Chapter dues current through 2017-18 school year.

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

How have you exemplified the CJSF motto: Scholars for Service in your chapter and your community? 

Essays must be submitted via Submit Application tab on this page by January 13, 2019. Submission Guidelines: 

  • Essay format. 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.
  • 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 Adviser’s name and email address.
  • Your school Principal’s name and email address.
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.

Complete your essay, save as a Word doc or PDF. Complete application below and upload your essay document. You will receive an email confirmation of your entry. If you do not see the application form below go to this link to complete the application and upload your essay: https://csfcjsf.wufoo.com/forms/201819-digiovanna-award/


If you need any assistance throughout the nomination process, please contact patricia@csf-cjsf.org.

2017-18 Recipient

Ciera Sesock, Ridgeview Middle School, Visalia; CJSF Adviser Jessica Malmsten.

Who received the DiGiovanna Award in previous years?