The Libertas Foundation was founded in San Pedro in December of 1991. Since 2003 the Libertas Foundation has awarded 135 scholarships to encourage young people to remain in rural parts of the county, to motivate them to better learning and to provide financial aid to disadvantaged families.
The non-profit, public and humanitarian Libertas Foundation has awarded scholarships to future tradespeople from Konavle, the coastal Dubrovnik Primorje region, the city of Dubrovnik, Župa Dubrovačka and Mljet for three chefs, two hairdressers and one stonemason, electro-mechanical engineer, electrical engineer, car mechanic and economist. With the help of the DEŠA-Dubrovnik association, which provides logistical support to the Libertas Foundation, a competition for the scholarships was opened in June, with over twenty pupils submitting their requests.
The scholarships have been awarded to Orlanda Laterza (Zaton), Keti Pušić (Mlini), Niko Radovac (Lovorno – Konavle), Marko Vodopija (Mravinjac – Dubrovacko Primorje), Mladen Franić (Korita – Island of Mljet), Maro Dubravčić (Dubrovnik), Ante Lalić (Dubrovnik), Mauro Pušić, (Popovići – Konavle), Miro Franić (Korita, Mljet) and Danijel Lazar (Maranovići, Mljet).
The Libetas Fondation was founded in San Pedro in December of 1991. It was established by Croatians with roots from various parts of the county and from other parts of Croatia with the sole objective of providing assistance to the homeland.
During the St Blaise (Sveti Vlaho) festival of 2002 the Ante & Evelyn Mrgudić scholarship fund was created in the fold of the Libertas Foundation with the aim of providing scholarships to young people in professions in limited supply in Dubrovnik-Neretva County. The objective of the scholarship is to encourage young people to remain in rural parts of the county, to motivate them to better learning and to provide financial aid to disadvantaged families.
In selecting candidates for the scholarship a high level of social sensitivity is shown in choosing children from rural areas, bearing in mind the financial situation of the family. The scholarships are awarded to children from families of straitened financial circumstance. In this way they help the family provide an education for their children and encourage the children to complete the education they have chosen and return to their native place to create conditions for a good life and future.
Since 2003 the Libertas Foundation has awarded 135 scholarships for trades in Dubrovnik-Neretva County.