Tekfen Foundation provides unconditional educational grants to successful but financially needy students studying in Turkey and also to the children of Tekfen personnel who are high school or undergraduate university students in order to help support their education. To date, close to 3,000 students have graduated with the help of Tekfen Foundation. Every year the foundation provides scholarships to 550 students. In order that its scholarship recipients may embark upon their careers with a better-informed awareness of what it is that they want to do, the foundation also arranges mentoring for them at Tekfen Group companies.
By tradition, Tekfen Foundation hosts a “Tekfen Scholarship Recipients Gathering” every year to give students a chance to become better acquainted with Tekfen and to receive guidance on matters of concern to their future.
In 2018, Tekfen Foundation forged another link in the chain of its support for education by signing a donation agreement with Darüşşafaka. Established in 1863, Darüşşafaka is Turkey’s oldest non-governmental educational institution. Under the agreement, Tekfen Foundation is covering all of the educational expenses of 24 students enrolled in Darüşşafaka’s middle school division for a period of four years each. Tekfen also keeps a close watch on each student’s progress, visits them, and serves as their host at Tekfen events.
Having joined the Education Reform Initiative (ERG) in 2017 as a corporate sponsor, Tekfen Foundation continued to support the initiative’s activities in 2019. ERG is an independent and not-for-profit organisation whose aim is to come up with common-sense ways to contribute to a systemic transformation of education for the benefit of children and social development through sound evidence, constructive dialogue, and stakeholder engagement.
Tekfen Foundation also supports the Boğaziçi University Scientific Research Fund. A “Tekfen Foundation Academic Research Fund” set up within the Boğaziçi University Foundation is intended to generate earnings that will be used to help finance Boğaziçi University Scientific Research projects which have been identified by the Boğaziçi University Scientific Research Projects Commission.