What is TAWSF, and what does it do?
Who receives scholarships?
How are the students selected?

Female students in Turkey apply for scholarships and are recommended by their professors. Members of the TAWSF Board of Directors make the final selection.

How large are the scholarships?

A student normally receives $900 per year for her last three years of college, provided she maintains at least a 3.0 grade point average.

What does the scholarship pay for?

It provides funds toward students’ expenses, such as books, tuition, and room and board.

Why only women?

Turkish women have been pursuing university education during much of the 20th century. Low-income families, however, usually make their sons’ education their first priority.

How many scholarships have been awarded?

During the last three decades TAWSF has provided nearly 400 scholarships to over 130 female students attending more than three dozen universities throughout Turkey.

How does TAWSF raise funds?

TAWSF accepts contributions of any amount. Donations of $100 or more entitle the donor to a membership in TAWSF. 

Scholarship sponsors commit to paying for a student’s scholarship of $900 or more per year for three years.
TAWSF also organizes social events highlighting lectures and concerts. A modest admission fee is charged for these fundraising events.

How much of my contribution will go to the students?

TAWSF is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, run entirely by volunteers. All contributions, except for minimal administrative expenses, go directly to the students.

How can I help?

You can help by making a tax-deductible donation and becoming a member of TAWSF. Please click the DONATE button near the top of this page to pay by credit card using our secure PayPal link. You can also donate by check, made out to TAWSF. Please mail checks to Ayhan Lash, 990 N Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60611.

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