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Founded in 1969, the Turkish Educational Foundation awards need and merit based scholarships to low-income students across Turkey. We believe that equal access to post-elementary education is essential for individual growth and social equality. We identify TEF students in collaboration with our local partners and support them until their graduation.  In 2021, we launched a Youth Leaders Program to deepen ties between youth in the U.S.A and Turkey.  Learn more about our Mission & History

  50+ YEARS OF SUPPORTING EDUCATION IN TURKEY

NEED and MERIT BASED SCHOLARSHIPS

We support post-elementary education in Turkey through need and merit based scholarships. This year our scholarship program reached 2,250 students with a budget of $374,000. Each year the TEF Board reviews student records in order to ensure steady intellectual growth and sustainable social impact. 

Access to Education

We believe that education is indispensable for achieving equality for all. We support low-income students from all religious and ethnic backgrounds. As students are able to focus on their studies, they can pursue diverse professional careers and break away from the cycle of poverty affecting their families.

EMPOWER GIRLS AND WOMEN

We believe that education is the most effective tool to eliminate gender inequality. We prioritize scholarships to girls and women so that they can make informed choices about their lives and also contribute to a more egalitarian future for everyone.

partners on the ground

We identify TEF scholars in collaboration with five local organizations that are deeply committed to social progress. Having operated across Turkey for many decades, our partners are uniquely positioned to identify and address the student needs in the most effective ways.

YOU TOO CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN TURKEY. 

BECOME A MEMBER

TEF members contribute to our efforts, receive  newsletters, and vote in Board elections.

DONATE 

No gift is too small to make a difference. We accept online gifts, corporate matching, or endowment support.

VOLUNTEER

Support us with your time and expertise. Join our Board or the Youth Leaders, work on special projects,  contact us with ideas.

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