As Vehbi Koç expressed in the first lecture of Koç University on October 4, 1993, “The purpose of Koç University is to raise extraordinary young people. As the number of such young people is sufficient and they succeed in reaching the leadership positions that they deserve; the future of our country shall be guaranteed… As the number of qualified individuals we educate increases, we will have the ability to serve our country better.”

Based on these words of our founder, we provide bright students from all over our country with the academic opportunities they deserve regardless of their socio-economic background.

Designed to offer affordability and provide greater access to high quality education, the Anatolian Scholarship Program was launched in 2011 providing scholarships for 14 students with the support of 6 sponsor companies. As of 2019, the number of students benefitting from the program has reached 606 and the number of sponsor companies has exceeded 250. In addition, more than 1000 individual contributors (mostly alumni) support the Program.

However, thousands of applications made to our program every year continue to show the need for equal opportunities in education. Leaving behind the 25th year of the foundation of our university, we aim to bring together more students with the education opportunities they deserve and to raise them as young leaders of our future. Because, as Vehbi Koç states, we believe that the more we can provide our youth with high quality education, the better we will be able to serve our country.

Stories

All of you who have contributed to the Anatolian Scholarship Program; you have not only touched our lives but fully embraced it.

Have you ever tried to touch one’s life? With a subtle smile or a mere act of generosity? Only people who have experienced this are familiar with the pleasure and bliss that come with it. All of you who have contributed to the Anatolian Scholarship Program have not only touched our lives, but have gone further and fully embraced it. I would have never imagined that this program would change my life this much. Even the time between preparing my application and coming to campus for interviewing has been a great experience for me as I gained a whole new point of view in life. For my peers who are still thinking whether they should apply or not, I recommend them to stop thinking now and take action. And as for potential donors, I would like you to think about all those young people whose lives you can change.

Aytaç Mercan, Eskişehir
Media and Visual Arts 2018 Graduate Scholar (Class of 2000)

Here I acquire the skills and competence I need to improve my country and change the world for the better.

The Anatolian Scholarship Program has been a sudden light in my life as it enlightened my way like a beacon and expanded my horizon and my mind making my dreams come true. After becoming a student here, I started to divide my life into two periods; before the Anatolian Scholarship Program and after. At Koç University, I feel worthy and self-confident, I can constantly improve myself, and I learn new things. Here I acquire the skills and competence I need to take lead in society, to improve my country and to change the world for the better. It gives me hope to know that such an initiative exists, and that I am a scholar in this program. I thank everyone who works very hard to attract new donors to the program and make scholarships available for students like myself coming from different parts of Anatolia. I hope the program extends its reach to many more students.

Batuhan Demir, İzmir
International Relations 2016, TÜSİAD Scholar

I will be one step closer to my dream of changing the world for disabled individuals with the help of what I will learn from Koç University.

My goal was to get the best law education at the best university. I was a very social individual in high school as I was appointed as the National Coordinator of the UNICEF Child Rights Committee. My university placement exam score after an exhausting and challenging preparation period was not enough to get the desired law education at a very good university. At that very moment, I received the best news of my life on a phone call from Koç University. I was chosen to become an Anatolian Scholar. Now I am studying in the field of my dreams and with the academic achievements I will earn here, I will be one step closer to my dream of changing the world for the disabled. My advice to my peers, coming out of a challenging high school marathon, is that they should keep on chasing their dreams and never give up. Koç University is where dreams are realized. I would like to extend my gratitude to our donors who made our dreams come true by giving this opportunity to young people from all over Turkey and contributing to the future of our country. I hope they provide these opportunities to more children and make many more dreams come true.

Nail Ömez, Konya
Law School 2017 Doğus Group Scholar

In the future, I would like to be an accomplished academic and an individual who considers doing good as a social responsibility just like the donors of the Anatolian Scholarship Program.

I was born and raised in Erzincan. At Koç University as we receive a world-class education thanks to the Anatolian Scholarship Program, we grab the opportunity to become well-rounded individuals. I spent a semester at Cincinnati University, USA. Having relations with globally prominent schools makes Koç University all the more valuable. I started working at our university as a teaching assistant in a French language course within the work-study program of Office of Learning and Teaching. I have learned the necessities for working in an academic environment. I have also improved my German thanks to the KOLT office conversation groups. I believe that I will be joining graduate programs in the future here. I would like to become an accomplished academician and an individual who considers doing good as a social responsibility just like the donors of the Anatolian Scholarship Program. I am happy to have built valuable relations with our sponsors who are our role models. I would like to thank everyone working as part of this program.

Berfin Çiçek, Erzincan
English Language and Comparative Literature 2015 Çelebi Holding Scholar

Studying at Koç University keeps our hopes alive for a society where love and respect can co-exist and peace and science are prioritized.


I got accepted to the Anatolian Scholarship Program after graduating from Batman Science High School in 2014. Koç University contributes to its students in every field; from arts to science and sports to politics. I believe that studying here keeps us one step ahead at all times. For example, thanks to the Core Program, I acquired extensive knowledge on many different topics other than my field of study. I think this multidisciplinary scope will contribute significantly to my professional capability in the future and help me develop a broad perspective. When I am not busy with my coursework, I take part at student clubs. Studying here keeps the hope alive for a society where love and respect can co-exist and peace and science are prioritized. Keeping the education system in Turkey in mind, I think more programs like this will help provide equal access to academic opportunities in the country. I thank Koç University, my sponsor Turcas and the Aksoy family for helping me reach my goals.

Ahmet Al, Şırnak
Electrical and Electronics Engineering - 2014 Turcas Scholar

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