The primary purpose of CSF is to develop leaders for Croatia’s future
Croatian Scholarship Fund
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.
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.
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.
Miljenko Mike Grgic in his paradize: "Every day do your best, learn something new, and make a friend."
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!
President – Marijana Pavic Marijana Pavic is CSF’s current president and has held this position for the past 6 years. Prior to accepting this position, she served as the secretary for the organization. Marijana has had a distinguished career teaching in the field of Health Sciences and finished her long career as a college administrator serving as a Dean of Biological and Health Sciences at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, California. Marijana is retired after a long career as an educator. She understands the importance of higher education and with her background in teaching and working with young college students, she is invaluable to the CSF program.
Marijana and her husband, Zeljko were born in Croatia and hold a deep feeling for their homeland. Her husband, Zeljko also retired from teaching and administrative work at San Jose State University. He serves on the CSF Advisory Board and helps to provide additional leadership to the CSF program. The Pavics have a son, Brian who is an Internal Medicine Physician in Portland, Oregon and a daughter Andrea who graduated with MS degree from the Dominican University in San Rafael, California and now works as an Occupational Therapist in Santa Barbara, California.
Vice President – Nina Jurjevic Vice President Nina Jurjevic has served as an officer for the CSF since the inception and has held various positions on the Board.
Nina has been at the forefront in promoting the scholarship program and has served on the Student Selection Committee, the Annual Dinner-Dance Fundraising Committee, Finance and Budget Committee, and other noteworthy committees during the past 19 years.
Nina has met with CSF students on numerous occasions during her annual travel to Croatia and has met with benefactors who support the CSF program in Croatia.
Nina and Tony have two children, son Michael who lives in Sacramento area and daughter Cecilia married to Slavko Miskic. They have six grandchildren.
Nina’s husband Ante is retired from the Lucky Stores Inc.
Secretary – Marko Buljan Croatian Scholarship Fund welcomes Marko as Secretary of the Executive Board. Marko was born and raised in San Mateo, CA. He attended Santa Clara University and graduated in June 2014 with a B.S. in Bioengineering and a minor in Religious Studies.
He currently works in Palo Alto, CA for the commercial real estate firm Marcus & Millichap.
He has two younger brothers and enjoys spending summers in Croatia, where both of his parents are from. Being a recent college graduate, Marko knows the importance of a college education and he wants to make sure other young Croatians have the opportunity to achieve one. We are looking forward to his leadership and commitment to CSF.
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