Help Croatian Scholarship Fund students!

Please support CSF,  donation  of any amount will allow us to continue  provide scholarships to Croatian University students living and attending universities in Croatia and Bosnia and Hercegovina. These are academically outstanding students who are in great financial need.  One hundred percent of funds raised  will go directly to scholarships.

Due to Covid-19, this year CSF had to cancel their two major fundraising events, its Gala Dinner hosted by Croatian American Cultural Center in Sacramento, CA and its Golf Tournament in the SF Bay Area. These two major fundraising events generated approximately $75,000 annually for CSF students. 

 Please continue clicking on “Read more” to view student photos, comments, videos and a very special video from Goran Višnjić.

CSF, has been in existence for over 30 years and is a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization. Our Board members all serve as volunteers, reside in California, USA and oversee the operation of the organization including student selection, student academic monitoring and distribution of scholarship funds. CSF maintains very low administrative overhead in order to maximize its funding to students. CSF’s finances are audited annually and a tax report is submitted to the IRS.

CSF has helped hundreds of Croatian students achieve a college education, many of whom would not have been able to attend college without this assistance. Thank you in advance for your contribution to this worthy cause which has done so much for so many students, again we appreciate your generosity.

Comments from our students: 

CSF scholarship means to me less worries about paying the rent, buying books, traveling to college and returning home. Beside that financial side it means so much more: the thought that someone far away, on another continent, who’s never seen you, and maybe never will, who doesn’t know your personality grants you his money, takes care of your studies, wants you to become intellectual. And, above all he does it all without expecting any benefit. Kristina Malbasić
First of all, I just wanted to say – Thank You! Thank you for what you are doing and for making other people’s dreams come true.  To help someone whom you don’t know and who is so distant is a generous act, which I feel obliged to justify by, firstly, successfully completing my studies and then, one day, by “giving back to the society” in a way of supporting someone else the way you decided to support me.  Anton Jakovčić
I come from a big family, which couldn’t afford me this kind of education.  Without help from CSF I am not certain I would be here right now.  This scholarship means a great deal to me and I am not sure if I could ever repay this  help.  Ivan Kalić
Ponosan sam I drago mi je sto sam dio ove humanitarne zaklade koja pomaze razvoju mladih Hrvatskih studenata, a na taj nacin i razvoju nase domovine. Tomislav Jaković
 I am writing to thank you for your generous sponsorship. I was very happy and appreciative to learn that I was selected as a recipient of CSF Scholarship. This year I started studying at the Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences in Sarajevo. By awarding me the scholarship, you have lightened my financial burden which has allowed me to focus more on the most important part, studying. I am really thankful to your trust and generosity. I hope one day I will be able to help students achieve their goal, just as you are helping me.  Anamarija Matijević
My name is Dora Svitlanović and I'm 19 years old. I live with my family in a Croatian village called Ilača. I finished nursing high school in Vinkovci. 
My brother Denis and I live with our parents Vlatko and Zdenka. My mother lost her job and since then can't find a new one. My father is retired. That's why I'm really thankful for your sponsorship because it will help me now that I'm 600km away from home.     Thank you  from my heart.

Video messages from our students:

Tomislav Jaković

Luka Planinić

 Matea Stipetić

Gabrijela Perkov

Scholarship Recipients:
CSF scholarships are $2,000 per year to  students accepted into the program after a rigorous screening  procedure.  New scholarship recipients are accepted every year and the duration of scholarship is three years of undergraduate study plus two additional years if students continue with their masters degree.   Currently we have 75 students in the program.  We generally accept 20 students per year and your contribution will ensure that we can accept 20 new for the academic year 2020/2021

Some of Scholarship recipients 2018



Sponsorship Opportunities:

Please consider becoming a student sponsor.  For more information on how to sponsor a student please visit our web page   

You may contact us at 530-392- 2467 should you have questions.

When asked why he is sponsoring a student, one sponsor wrote to us “Education is the main driver of a country’s future. Whether you feel you would like to give something back to the country that educated you or your ancestors, or you would simply like to help Croatia in general, your aid will be the most effective if you invest in the education of hard-working and talented young people. For me, contributing to CSF is the ideal, most effective and fulfilling way of supporting the future of Croatia. In my case, I am partially repaying for the world-class education I received there many years ago."


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For more detailed information about CSF please visit our web page

Goran Višnjić video - Goran made this Video for CSF's  25th Anniversary Gala  Dinner, it is appropriate today as it was 5 years ago.


  • Paul Barbir 
    • $200 
    • 11 d
  • Janet Engelbrecht 
    • $250 
    • 17 d
  • Justin Wagnerbic 
    • $5 
    • 18 d
  • Gary & Christine Allen 
    • $100 
    • 18 d
  • Ivan Dlaka 
    • $200 
    • 23 d
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Zeljko Pavic 
Auburn, CA
Croatian Scholarship Fund 
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