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IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: We are currently accepting applications for this year's scholarship. The deadline is February 29, 2020. To apply, read through the information on this page and then download the application form. The form is a PDF document, so you will need an appropriate reader to view it. Adobe Acrobat Reader can be downloaded for free by clicking here. Apply Now

About the Foundation

Dr. Marija Veljaca Foundation was established on March 11, 2005 in memory of Dr. Marija Veljača, a medical doctor and a research scientist in the field of gastroenterology.

The purpose of the foundation is to raise funding and provide assistance to individuals who are pursuing a career in medicine or research science and whose primary goal is to help others, by providing such individuals with:

  • scholarships to assist with medical school tuition;
  • funds for books, publications, magazines, lab fees and the like while attending medical school;
  • funds for living expenses while attending medical school; and
  • other similar sources of support.

The foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The tax-exempt ID # is: 52-2454112. Donations to the foundation are tax-deductible.

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We are currently accepting applications for this year's scholarship. The deadline is February 29, 2020.

PDF software like Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to view the application form. Clicking the link below will open the application form in a new browser window. To download, right-click (Windows) or control-click (Macintosh) and select 'Save...'

Download Application Form (PDF)

Number of scholarships: 1

The amount of the scholarship: $3,000

Period: 2019/2020 academic year

Payment type: the scholarship is in US $. The amount will be paid in one installment by check or wire transfer.

Eligible candidates: medical students and research scientists in the area of medical sciences attending an accredited program.

Selection criteria:

  • Academic excellence as evident from the Grade Point Average, letters of recommendations and past awards received
  • Commitment to helping others as evident from the personal statement and letters of recommendation
  • Need of financial support as evident from the personal statement and letters of recommendation

Application materials: please include the following documents in your application:

  • Application Form (download and fill in the application form from the foundation's website)
  • Personal Statement
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Proof of enrollment
  • Copies of university transcripts (courses attended and grades received). Photocopies are acceptable.

How to apply: please email the complete application (as a scanned PDF file) to scholarships@drmarijaveljacafoundation.org or mail the complete application to:

Dr. Marija Veljaca Foundation
c/o Senija Veljaca Walsh
6816 Bellevue Avenue, Suite # 1A
Guttenberg, NJ 07093

Application submission date: complete applications should be received by February 29, 2020. Please allow time for mailing. Incomplete or late applications will not be reviewed.

The candidate selection announcement: the candidate will be selected and the announcement will be made by April 4, 2020. We are sorry, but we cannot contact all applicants who do not receive the scholarship.

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Previous recipients

The recipient of the 2019/2020 scholarship was Una Rastović. She is a student at the University of Nottingham, School of Medicine, England.

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Board of Directors

President and Treasurer: Senija Veljača Walsh, MSc
Vice President and Secretary: Michael Walsh, Ph.D.
Director: Janja Kavčič

Advisory Committee

Candidate Selection Committee

Karmen Brajša, Ph.D.
Gorana Dašić, MD, MSc
Vesna Eraković Haber, MD, Ph.D.
Vesna Gabelica, Ph.D.
Antonio Guglietta, MD, Ph.D.
Janja Kavčič
Nives Rodin, MD
Senija Veljača Walsh, MSc

Finance and Administration Committee

Brian Gayle, MS
Anna Jurinich
Nada Ledić
Silvija Meštrić, MA
Ksenija Mirkovic, MS
Grozdana Veljača
Monica Williams, MBA, CFA

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Conflict of Interest Policy

The purpose of the conflict of interest policy is to protect this tax-exempt organization's (Organization) interest when it is contemplating entering into a transaction or arrangement that might benefit the private interest of an officer or director of the Organization or might result in a possible excess benefit transaction. This policy is intended to supplement but not replace any applicable statement and federal laws governing conflict of interest applicable to non-profit and charitable organizations.

The full text of the Conflict of Interest Policy can be viewed by clicking here (PDF).

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Dr. Marija Veljaca Foundation is a non-governmental, non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization. Donations to the foundation are tax-deductible. The foundation's Tax Exempt ID#: 52-2454112.

If you would like to support the foundation's work of helping those students who will dedicate their lives to turning science into hope, please make a donation. You will receive a letter acknowledging your contribution for tax purposes. You can contribute to the foundation by:

Check or money order

Please fill in the donation form and remit your payment to:

Dr. Marija Veljaca Foundation
6816 Bellevue Avenue, Suite # 1A
Guttenberg, NJ 07093

Matching gift program

Many corporations today provide a matching gift program for their employees. Please contact your Human Resources department to determine if your company participates in Matching Gift programs. For additional information, please contact us at: scholarships@drmarijaveljacafoundation.org.

Corporate sponsorship

Please consider becoming a corporate sponsor of the foundation. With a donation of $25K or more:

  • the corporate sponsor may have a company representative serve on the foundation's advisory board
  • the corporate sponsor's logo and the http link will be listed on the foundation's website

Click here to open the donation form (PDF).

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Contact us

Please direct all inquiries regarding the foundation and scholarship to:


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