Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Announcing our 2011 CSE Youth Scholarship Contest!

It's time for our annual CSE Youth Scholarship contest!

Youth Scholarship

2011 Essay Competition For Children of Public Employees


To promote driver safety and awareness among young people, in 2011 Civil Service Employees Insurance Company (CSE) will offer a total of $12,000 in scholarships. The competition is divided into three geographic regions: Northern California, Southern California, and Arizona/Nevada. In each region, CSE will offer scholarships in the amount of $1,500 for first place, $1,000 for second place, and $500 each for third through fifth places to a child of a full-time or retired public employee, based on an essay discussing ways the teenage automobile accident rate can be reduced. CSE, a California-based company, has provided personal automobile insurance to public employees and their families for over half a century.


  • Applicant must be a California, Arizona or Nevada resident attending his or her senior year of high school.
  • Applicant must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.
  • Applicant must have been accepted to an accredited four-year college or university, or trade school, in the United States, with intent to enroll as a full-time freshman by the Fall 2011 session.
  • The applicant's parent or legal guardian must be currently employed full-time by -- or if retired or deceased, must have been employed full-time by -- a government entity. This definition of public employee includes, but is not limited to, peace officers; firefighters; educators; postal employees; military personnel; and federal, state, and local government workers.
  • CSE employees, employees' relatives, and its agents and vendors are not eligible.

Submit in a single packet:

  • An essay that discusses ways the teenage automobile accident rate can be reduced. The essay must be your original work, written by you, and be typed (double spaced) or printed neatly in ink on 8.5" x 11" white paper. It must be in English and must not exceed five hundred words. Enclose two copies of your essay. Write your name, and the name and city of your high school, on one copy only. Do not write your name or the name and city of your school on the second copy. Applicants will be evaluated on the originality, creativity and written proficiency displayed in their essays.
  • The signed and completed application form.
  • A letter of recommendation stating that you are a senior in good standing for graduation with the class of 2011. The letter must be written on school stationery and be signed by a representative of that institution.
    * A letter of acceptance from the post-secondary institution you will be attending full-time by the fall of 2011. The letter must be written on the institution's stationery and be signed by a representative of that institution.
  • Your official school transcript in a sealed envelope.
    Send all materials to Scholarship Contest, CSE Insurance Group, P.O. Box 8041, Walnut Creek, California, 94596-8041. All materials must be received by Friday, April 29, 2011. Regular mail is preferred; avoid certified or other special mailings. No fax or electronic submissions will be accepted. All directions on the application must be followed exactly, and all requirements for submission must be met. Materials must be legible. CSE is not responsible for lost or misdirected application materials.
  • Scholarship winners will be notified by Friday, May 13, 2011. No other applicants will be notified



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