Impact Statement

For the past 25 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-Herzegovina, so that they may attend a university in Croatia or in Bosnia & Hrezegovina.

Meet our Students


    Ivan Odak

    University: Zagreb

    Major: Computer Science

    Place of Birth: Ljubuški, Bosna i Hercegovina

    Sponsor: Mrs. & Mr. Nicole and Stanko Barle


    Gabrijela Šišić

    University: Zagreb

    Major: Nutrition

    Place of Birth: Nova Gradiška, Croatia

    Sponsor: Croatian American Cultural Center, Sacramento


    Monika Perutina

    University: Split

    Major: Electrical Engineering

    Place of Birth: Stolac

    Sponsor: Ms. Natalia Burina


    Tajana Obad

    University: Varaždin

    Major: Information Science

    Place of Birth: Varaždin,Zagreb

    Sponsor: Michael McAdams Memorial


    Petra Valjak

    University: Zagreb

    Major: Geology

    Place of Birth: Zagreb, Croatia

    Sponsor: Mr. Mark Palajac


New students 2015


Croatian Scholarship Fund (CSF) is pleased to announce 12 new scholarship recipients for 2015. This year we received over 150 highly qualified applications and it was extremely difficult to select the final 12. We wish we had additional financial resources to provide scholarships to those applicants we had to turn away.

We are very grateful to our student sponsors, without their support we would not be able to provide scholarships to financially deserving university students in Croatia and Bosnia & Herzegovina.

These are the 12 students who were selected this year. We wish them all the success with their studies and hope that they will become successful leaders and productive members of Croatian society!

Ćorić Marko Siroki Brijeg, BiH

Hercigonja Fran Virovitica, Hr.

Jukić Matej  Zepce, BiH

Kolaković Katja  Ogulin, Hr.

Korotaj Blaž  Novi Marof, Hr.

Odak Ivan  Ljubuski, BiH

Pipunić Lea  Jajce, BiH

Planinić Luka  Pazin, Hr.

Puček Maja  Radovan, Hr.

Raškovic Luka  Osijek, Hr.

Rezo Blaženka  Mostar, BiH

Veljković Tin  Zagreb, Hr.

 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


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.



CSF-Miljenko Grgich Endowment Fund Internship

CSF is pleased to announce that once again we are able to provide internship experience to three new students at the wineries in Napa and Sonoma counties. 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 three years ago and administered by CSF.

This year interns, Mare Miosic, Matija Leskovic and Iva Sikuten, will spend 3-4 months at Cakebread Cellars in Napa valley and Ferrari-Carano in Healdsburg, CA during the harvesting season, grape crushing period, and early stages of wine production. We hope that this experience will enrich their professional skills and that they will be able to bring this newly learned knowledge in wine production and apply it in Croatia!


For additional information about Grgich Scholarship please click  here.....


Have you marked your calendar yet? If not, do it now and join us at the Gala Dinner in Sacramento. It will be another night filled with excellent food, wine and entertainment. This is our main fund raising event of the year and all the proceeds from the dinner are used to fund scholarships for deserving Croatian students attending universities in Croatia or Bosnia & Herzegovina!

Avoid waiting in line at the event by emailing your reservation to: or call Mike Zupan at 916-489-0339. To pay online with the credit card please click here....

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

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 Our Annual Golf Tournament


Our annual golf tournament held on June 4th was very successful.  All the proceeds from the tournament will provide scholarships to financially deserving Croatian university students. CSF thanks everyone who attended, and those who sponsored the event!  Everyone participating in the tournament had a great time. We look forward to next year tournament and hope to see you there! We will announce the date of the next tournament as soon as it is finalized.