Below you will find a list of frequently asked questions to the scholarship!
What is the Gjergj Kastrioti Scholarship Fund?
The GKSF is a 501 ©(3) non-profit organization founded in 1999 that
provides scholarship support to the Albanian-American youth in the
state of Michigan as they pursue a 4 year bachelors degree. The fund
was created as an extension of the Albanian American Student
Organization, now active in multiple college campuses throughout
Who are the people involved?
The founding board includes: Mark Berishaj, Kastriot Shaska, Pjeter
Vuli, Diana Elezaj, Gjoka Bojaj, Gjon Juncaj, Pjeter Berishaj.
The current serving board includes: Donald Demiri, Valbona Vulaj,
Marina Lekocaj, Michael Gashaj, Laura Ivezaj, Ani Kambo and
However, this organization is not possible without the constant
support from the members of our community who donate not only in
monetary value but also time and talent.
When do you apply? Can anyone apply?
Our application typically opens up in the spring time. In order to be
considered for the scholarship you must meet the following
requirements: must have a standing GPA of at least a 3.0, must attend
a four-year university in the state of Michigan pursuing a bachelors
degree, must be at least 50% Albanian.
Can I apply if I live out of state or am an international student?
If your permanent address is not in Michigan but you attend a
university in Michigan, you are welcome to apply. We also encourage
international students to apply as we know how much the financial
aspect of college is a burden!
How do you choose the winners?
Our process in choosing the winners remains, for the most part,
completely anonymous. We have a system set up to file out and assess
applicants based on GPA and financial need prior to grading personal
statements. This predetermines a score for the applicant as that is
where we assess the most need. A designated member of the board
will then go in and remove names in personal statements, replacing
them with a number, so the committee in charge of reading those will
remain completely un-bias. Our designated committee, then reads the
personal statement giving out extra points to those applicants. Once
all the points are totaled and scored, the board goes in and looks at
the scores and reveals the applicant to their score to then go on and
choose the winners for that year.
How much scholarship money is awarded yearly?
The amount of scholarship money varies based on the amount of
donations for the year. Within the last 20+ years, the GKSF has
awarded over $200,000 in scholarship money. Within the last five
years, the fund has been able to give out about 60% of those funds.
How much of my donation goes to the students?
Each donation is an essential aspect of the fund as a 100% of your
donation goes to our students.
The board itself is purely volunteer based, meaning each member
does this in the free time they have from their career, family, etc.
without any form of payment. Each member is involved in this fund
because they truly believe in the cause!
How do I become a donor?
There are many levels of donations. Please refer to our website,
gksfund.org, under the tab, Make a Donation, to see how you can be a
What is the GKSF Gala?
The GKSF Gala is an annual gala held to recognize our student
recipients for that year as well as highlighting a guest speaker from
our community. Our gala is typically held in early February. Our
program includes, cocktail hour, an opening for the chair of the fund,
guest speaker, recognition of our donors as well as student winners
followed by music and dancing.
How can get updates on the fund?
Follow us on Facebook and Instagram
@thegjergjkastriotischolarshipfund for all of our updates and
spotlights on past and present student winners, board members and
Please reach out via email, firstname.lastname@example.org for any additional