The CULCUOGLU family has always appreciated the value of education in the development of the individual and of society as a whole. With this in mind and with the ever increasing demand for schools, the family decided to build a High School in Birecik, Sanliurfa, their home town in south-eastern Anatolia, and to donate the school to the state.
The school opened its doors to students in the academic year 1995-96 and it has been, and still is, achieving excellent results with many students leaving each year to go to universities throughout Turkey. Then they realised that a considerable number of successful students in this area of Turkey, who completed their High School education, were unable to take up places at university due to the poor financial circumstancs of their families.
To address this situation the CULCUOGLU family established an Education Foundation (CULCUOGLU EGITIM VAKFI) in order to support some of these students who qualified for university but who may not have been able to attend due to financial difficulties within their family.
The Foundation was established in 2012 and the aims are outlined –in the charter as- below: "....to help to support successful students, Turkish citizens, who have finished their education at Mehmet Adil CULCUOGLU High School or who are already at university (after completing their education at the afore named High School) and who are in need of financial assistance in order to complete their university studies."
The Foundation has planned to sponsor ten students in each academic year since 2012-13. If the students continue to comply with the rules and regulations of the Foundation, then their grants will continue until the completion of their undergraduate courses when they will be awarded their degrees. The Foundation will continue to sponsor ten additional students each year until forty students in total are receiving sponsorship. Every year ten graduates will leave the sponsorship scheme and will be replaced by ten new students.
The grants are awarded to students without obligation and are non-returnable. Positive discrimination is applied to female students, if they have equal eligibility to their male counterparts, in the granting of these scholarships; to help address the reluctance of many families in this part of Anatolia in allowing their daughters to benefit from higher education.
We, the CULCUOGLU family, hope that the VAKIF will thrive and continue to contribute to the education of many students, benefiting their families, the wider communities in which they live, and eventually their country.Founders