The Turkish American Women’s Scholarship Fund (TAWSF) was founded in January 1989 to further the university education of women, preparing them for the challenges of modern society. The founding members are Ayhan Lash, Leyla Harfoush and Belma Selçukoğlu.

TAWSF awards scholarships to female students who need financial assistance and who are in good academic standing. Our scholarships are awarded to women because, while Turkish women have been pursuing university education during much of the 20th century, low-income families usually make their sons’ education their first priority.

Since 1989, TAWSF has granted 543 scholarships ($900/year) to 181 students. Our students have diverse academic interests and represent universities across Turkey.

We ask for your support so more young Turkish women will be able to further their education. Please support TAWSF and its goal of educating women by selecting DONATE near the top of your screen, by becoming a member of TAWSF, and by attending our fundraising events.

Your donation is tax-deductible. TAWSF is a tax-exempt non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, run entirely by volunteers. All but a very small portion of your donation will go directly to our scholarship recipients.

“Everything we see in the world is the creative work of women.”

— Mustafa Kemal Atatürk

January 22, 2017

Turkish Film Festival Funds Scholarships

John Yackley, Chair of the Turkish Film Festival, presented TAWSF president Dr. Ayhan Lash with a check that will provide a three-year scholarship for at least one Turkish university student. The film festival committee included John Yackley, Nilay Duygulu, Dr. Esra Tasdelen, and Yesim Ilkin. Our thanks to these faithful supporters. TAWSF is grateful for all tax-deductible contributions.


A tribute: Özgecan Aslan

by Zeynep Karataş


We would love to hear from you.

Please contact our President:
Ayhan Lash
990 N Lake Shore Dr
Chicago, IL 60611

+1 (630) 421-0648

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It is more urgent than ever before for us to help educate young Turkish women so that they can become intelligent and self-reliant global citizens.

Thanks to your continued support during nearly three decades, TAWSF has granted over 540 scholarships to young, ambitious students