Impact Statement

For the past 28 years CSF has been providing financial assistance to the financially deserving  Croatian university students in Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. Without this assistance, many of these bright young men and women would not be able to obtain university education. This is made possible because individuals, families, and organizations have supported our mission by generous donations or have sponsored one or more students.

Welcome to the Croatian Scholarship Fund

The Croatian Scholarship Fund (CSF) is a non-political, charitable, non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization which was established in 1989 in Northern California.

The primary purpose of this unique organization is to develop leaders for Croatia’s future by providing financial assistance to highly qualified students of Croatian origin, living in Croatia or Bosnia and Herzegovina, so that they may attend a university in Croatia or in Bosnia and Hrezegovina.

Meet our Students

  • Alojzije Košić

    University: Rijeka

    Major: Medicine

    Place of Birth: Varaždin,Croatia

    Sponsor: Mr. Tomislav Kundić

  • Matej Luburić

    University: Zagreb

    Major: Computer Science

    Place of Birth: Metković, Croatia

    Sponsor: Mrs. Ann Leskovar

  • Nikolina Marković

    University: Sarajevo, BiH

    Major: Health Science

    Place of Birth: Zenica, Bosna i Hercegovina

    Sponsor: Mr. Tomo Miškić

  • Ivica Matošević

    University: Osijek

    Major: Mechanical Engineering

    Place of Birth: Nova Gradiška, Croatia

    Sponsor: Mr. & Mrs. Nicole and Stanko Barle

  • Zala Nikolić

    University: Zagreb

    Major: Agriculture

    Place of Birth: Ljubljana, Slovenija

    Sponsor: Mr. & Mrs. Nicole and Stanko Barle



New students 2017


We are pleased to announce that this year fifteen new students have been awarded CSF scholarships. These students will receive financial assistance for the duration of their studies, up to five years, while attending universities in Croatia and Bosnia & Hercegovina.

The selection committee had a difficult task in selecting the students, many academically qualified and financially deserving students had to be turned away. Please consider becoming a sponsor so that we can help even larger number of financially deserving Croatian university students! For more information on how to become a sponsor or donate any amount, please click here.......

You will truly make a difference in their lives!

We wish our new scholarship recipients all the success, and after completing their studies, that they become successful leaders and productive members of Croatian society!

We also want to extend our appreciation to our sponsors for their extraordinary generosity and for providing full scholarships to the 60 students currently in the CSF program.



Sponsor a student


We are able to provide scholarships to Croatian students because of individuals who have committed to sponsor one or more students. If you are able, please consider sponsoring a student and change someone's life for better. To find out more about sponsoring please click here.......

CSF-Grgich Endowment Fund Scholarship Information and news


New scholarships awarded


We are please to announce that this year in addition to funding four internships in Napa Valley wineries to the students finishing Viticulture and Enology Masters program at the University of Zagreb, the CSF Board funded three scholarships to the students just starting this program.  The scholarship recipients are Iva Babic from Zagreb, Ante Rupic from Šibenik, and Branimir Turk from Osijek.

All three students have completed their undergraduate studies at the University of Zagreb, College of Agriculture with excellent grades and are now enrolled in the first semester of Masters Degree program majoring in Viticulture and Enology.

Through this scholarship program Mr. Miljenko Grgich, a renowned Croatian winemaker, is fulfilling his dream of making Croatia a world-class wine producer. We at CSF and Mr. Grgich hope that these students, once established in their profession, will contribute their part in fulfilling this dream.

The endowment fund established in 2013 and administered by CSF provides funding for the internships and scholarships.

2017 Internship Recepients

Interns 2017

CSF is pleased to announce that once again we are able to provide internship experience to four students at the wineries in California. These students are enrolled in a Master’s Degree Program at the University of Zagreb majoring in Viticulture and Enology. The funding for the internship is secured through Miljenko Grgich Endowment Fund established with CSF five years ago and administered by CSF.

This year, interns Ena Bestulić, Lucija Denona, Martin Kovačević and Lucija Kužir, will spend 3-4 months in California wineries during the harvest season, grape crushing period, and early stages of wine production. We hope this experience will enrich their professional skills and that they will be able to bring this newly learned knowledge and contribute to winemaking industry in Croatia!

2016 Internship Recipients


This year, three University of Zagreb students enrolled in the Master Degree program at the college of Agriculture were selected for Miljenko “Mike” Grgich internship program. Sara Rossi, Kristina Novak and Josip Prekratic will spend four moths working and gaining valuable experience during the harvest season and early stages of wine production at three wineries located in  Northern California. The funding for the internships comes from an endowment fund established by Mr. Grgich and administered by CSF. The goal of the endowment fund is to help Croatia become world class wine producer.

We wish the three students the best of luck in their internship and hope that the knowledge they gained during this time will enhance their professional careers and contribute to Croatian wine making industry.

CSF honors Dr. Darko Vonćina

At the Croatian Scholarship Fund Advisory Board meeting held on January 16th 2016, the Board presented Darko Vonćina, Ph.D. with CSF-Miljenko Grgich Excellence Award for his scholarly achievement.

Dr. Vonćina, a graduate of the University of Zagreb, College of Agriculture where he now holds a teaching position, is leading an important scientific research as a Newfelpro Fellow at the University of California at Berkeley. The title of his research project is “Ecology of an emerging grapevine virus in Croatia and California”. This research will have a significant impact on wine industry in Croatia, California and other winegrowing regions worldwide. We wish Dr. Vonćina and his family wonderful stay and a productive year at UC Berkeley.



General announcements

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Prednost će imati gimnazijalci i učenici srednjih škola s prosjekom iznad 4,5 u svakoj godini školovanja te oni koji dolaze iz obitelji slabijeg imovinskog stanja.



Save the Date_2018

Our 19th annual fundraising event will take place on April 21, 2018 at the Croatian American Center in Sacramento. For the past 28 years, CSF has been providing scholarships to deserving Croatian university students attending universities in Croatia and Bosnia & Herzegovina. We hope that you will be able to attend this event and support our Mission of educating future leaders of Croatia.

December 2017 Newsletter

December 2017 Newsletter

To view or download our latest newsletter please click here.......


Letter from Dr. Bozo Skoko regarding newly appointed advisor to Croatian Premier Andrija Plenkovic. Please click on the link to read the letter.

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Shopping at Amazon

If you shop at Amazon, please consider supporting Croatian Scholarship Fund (CSF).

Shop at Amazon-Support CSF

• If you shop at Amazon, please support CSF by selecting CSF as your charity. There is no additional cost to you!

• Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible Amazon Smile purchases to Croatian Scholarship Fund whenever you shop on Amazon Smile.

Amazon Smile is the same Amazon. Same products, same prices, same service.

Support CSF by starting your shopping at After logging in to with your Amazon user name and password the next screen will let you choose your charity. Type in Croatian Scholarship Fund in the search box and select it. Then continue shopping!

Thank you!!!!!!!


September 18, 2017 Golf Tournament

We are grateful to the following sponsors for their generous donation by providing sponsorship for our fund raising Golf Tournament which was held on September 18, at Crystal Springs Golf Course in Burlingame. The tournament was great success and we thank all who participated. The funds raised will provide two additional five years scholarships  ($2,000.00 per year) to financily needy Croatian students attending universities in Croatia or Bosnia & Herzegovina. Thank you all!

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And also the following:  Benioff Family,  Andy Kishore....CHawk Technology Intl,Inc.  Carmen Policy,  and Napa Auto Parts Burlingame / Redwood City

 Additional thanks to Elizabeth and Pierre Buljan for contributing numerous valuable sports items to our silent auction.

New Sponsor

We are excited to announce that we have gained another student sponsor Eat.Pray.Move (EPM) Yoga holds retreats around the world, including Croatia. The retreat in Croatia is part of their GIVE BACK initiative, whereby EPM will donate part of profits to a humanitarian partner in the community where each retreat is held. Their partner in Croatia is the CROATIAN SCHOLARSHIP FUND.

We are very appreciative and grateful for this. One of our students will be directly sponsored by EPM and will be featured in their publications.