Croatian-Canadian Scholarship Fund: Scholarship and Bursary Award Recipients (2020/2021)

We are pleased to announce that the Croatian-Canadian Scholarship Fund has awarded three (3) scholarships and one (1) bursary for the 2020/2021 school year. The funds have been awarded in order to help further the education of full-time post-secondary students in Canada.

Congratulations to each of the recipients!

Viktoria Cubelic
$1,500 Bursary Award Recipient

Viktoria is a student at the University of Waterloo working towards her Bachelor of Science degree and Doctor of Pharmacy degree. Viktoria was chosen as one of 25 exceptional high school students to be granted Conditional Admission to Pharmacy (CAP) status and is now on an accelerated path to her career goal of becoming a pharmacist, and being able to positively impact both the health and lives of people on a daily basis. In addition to her academic achievements, Viktoria is an active member of the Croatian Canadian community, with a passion for basketball. She is a member of the Varsity Women’s Basketball Team at the University of Waterloo and a youth basketball coach and mentor. Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, she made the commitment to become a frontline worker as a Pharmacy Assistant helping to ensure the health and safety of the general public.

Marko Pejic
$2,000 Scholarship Award Recipient

Marko is majoring in Chemical Engineering with a minor in Nano- Engineering at the University of Toronto. Marko’s outlook for future career paths is focused around nanoengineering as well as machine learning since both are on the frontier of engineering and have the highest potential for revolutionary changes to the world. Alongside his academics, Marko has gained incredible experience as a Research Assistant at the Institute for Quantum Computing Department at the University of Waterloo. He completed 4 major projects and has been acknowledged as the best Undergraduate Research Assistant the Professor has ever had in her research group. Marko participates and contributes to the Croatian community in Canada through various organizations and events.

Zachary Rezler
$2,000 Scholarship Award Recipient

Zachary is pursing a career in medicine and public health research, studying Health Sciences at McMaster University while also working towards a concurrent certificate in Immunology, Microbiology, and Virology. Zachary balances his academics with multiple extracurricular activities. As President of BHSc Outreach, Zachary has organized 10+ virtual volunteer programs and charitable events and coordinates over 100 student volunteers to support local Hamilton students and residents at long-term care facilities. During his involvement in a COVID-19 research project, Zachary held a full-time job and volunteered at his local youth centre servicing at-risk youth. In 2019, Zachary participated in an Africa Mission Trip, helping build sustainable classrooms and delivering deworming medication. Zachary values community engagement and gives back to the community through his skills and expertise.

Nikolina Vrdoljak
$2,000 Scholarship Award Recipient

Nikolina is a first year Master of Science student at the University of Guelph specializing in Food Science. She recently graduated from Guelph where she obtained an Honours Bachelor of Science degree with Distinction, majoring in Bio-Medical Science and minoring in Nutritional and Nutraceutical Sciences. Spending time participating and organizing community events has developed Nikolina’s leadership skills and led to several leadership roles in her academic career. She currently sits on the Ontario Agricultural College Graduate Student Council as the Food Science representative. Nikolina’s career goal is to develop her own natural health product company. This will allow her to conduct more research on food derived molecules in disease, leading to product development. These products involve extraction of molecules from foods, which she plans to export from Croatia as much as possible.