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2011 Scholarship Winners


Serbian-Heritage High-School Seniors Across USA & Canada Awarded 

Jackson, CA – July 2, 2011 -
The St. Sava Mission Foundation, founded in Jackson, California, in 1962, announced today the winners of their Fourth Annual Student Scholarship Program.  Scholarship awards of $1,500, $1,000, and $500 were granted to thirteen winners from the USA and Canada.  

The St. Sava Mission Foundation congratulates the 2011 Scholarship Award Winners (in alphabetical order): 

Kevin Feutz, El Dorado Hills, California
Caron Harada, Montebello, California
Sam Korach, Orchard Park, New York
Allison Kreiger, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Alec Mandich, Indianapolis, Indiana
Francesca Milinovich, Menlo Park, California
Nina Ogrizovich, Munster, Indiana
Petar Pajic, Lackawanna, New York
Stevan Pavlakis, Rolling Meadows, Illinois
Aleksandra Radjen, Broadview Heights, Ohio
Vanja Raduka, Barberton, Ohio
Demitria Runjo, Burlington, Wisconsin
Katarina Starcevic, Lexington, Kentucky

Further, because of an additional last-minute supporter donation, another group of worthy applicants were awarded honorable mention awards.


Scholarship Eligibility


The 2011 Student Scholarship Program was open to 2011 graduating high-school seniors of Serbian descent, born in or planning to attend a two- or four-year accredited college or university in the USA or Canada in 2011.  This year’s Program was announced in January 2011, with advertisements published in SerbWorld, Sloboda/Liberty, and Srbobran, and the Application available on the Foundation’s website.


Scholarship announcement letters and posters to over 140 parish communities throughout all Dioceses in the USA and Canada, asking the parishes to post the posters and notify their eligible high-school seniors; and, some students found the Scholarship Application via Google and LinkedIn.


Selection Criteria & Process


To ensure unbiased fairness, the Scholarship award selection process was rigorous and controlled.  One team of Foundation members received the submitted Application Information, made the applications anonymous and stored them in a secure internet storage site.  From there, a second group of members pulled and tabulated the results in a point-scoring calculation spreadsheet.  Scoring of the Scholarship applications was based in four categories, 25% on (1) normalized junior and senior year grade point averages, (2) 25% on SAT/ACT/Equivalent international test score, (3) 20% on participation and depth of extracurricular activities and recognition, and (4) 30% on a three-part written Essay.


In the Written Essay, applicants were asked first to summarize their family history. Second, to describe the ideals and characteristics of their Serbian heritage that contributed to their success. And, finally, they were to recommend ways that these characteristics or ideals could be shared throughout the USA and Canada so that more citizens would better understand our Serbian culture, the character of our people, and our contributions to humanity. Each Essay was reviewed and scored anonymously by three different members of the Scholarship Committee.


All results for each of the four categories were added, and then ranked, from highest score and on down.  The top total scores only identified the rank of the Scholarship Award grants. As always in a contest such as this, there were many wonderful and high scoring Applicants. However, the Foundation's scoring process was rigorous, objective and scientific, and involved the anonymous work of nearly a dozen Scholarship Committee Members transparently working together to maintain the highest standards of objectivity, non-discrimination, and un-biased fairness. 


How To Help The Scholarships of the Future


We invite people of Serbian heritage everywhere in the USA and Canada to contribute to this vital Scholarship fund, so that future Applicants can also participate in this worthy support program for our next generations of youth.


About the St. Sava Mission Foundation


In 1962, people of Serbian heritage in the Western USA set out to build a center of our culture, community and faith in Jackson, California, the site of the first Serbian Orthodox Christian church in North America.  Their goal was to build facilities for a children’s camp, a senior citizen’s home, education, and other cultural and community needs.  To achieve this they incorporated what is today the St. Sava Mission Foundation.  Today, after over 46 years, the Foundation continues to faithfully preserve its Stewardship of this great and vital legacy.  With the children’s camp long-built and successful, today the Foundation’s goals remain a Senior Citizen Assisted-Living Home for our people; a Serbian Heritage Museum, Library & Cultural Center; historical building preservation; student scholarships; sports facilities; and a Serb youth exchange program.  These are community and cultural goals that the Foundation was originally created to achieve in 1962.  And, they are needed now more than ever here in North America.  Learn more at:




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