Testimonials

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

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

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

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

You should become a member of the Anatolian Scholars family if you want to improve yourself in every aspect of life and become a global citizen.

I grabbed the opportunity to realize my high school dream of enrolling at the best university in Turkey thanks to the Anatolian Scholarship Program. This, indeed, was a chance to become a member of this great family for a lifetime. The Anatolian Scholarship Program opened the doors to becoming a Koç University student. The benefits of my school are countless. Taking courses from multiple disciplines outside my field of study is one of the aspects I love about Koç University. Thanks to the Core Program, I started my second major in Business Administration. Last summer I attended summer school for a month as part of the Summer Exchange Program here, and it was one of the most extraordinary experiences of my life. You should become a member of the Anatolian Scholars family if you want to improve yourself in every aspect of life and become a global citizen. I would like to thank my donor, Alarko Education-Culture Foundation, and all the other donors who hold students by the hand on the path to their dreams and open new doors before them.

Filiz Ekin Doğruer, Aksaray
Industrial Engineering 2014 Alarko Education-Culture Foundation Scholar