Friday, November 13, 2009

An Estate Gift Becomes A Scholarship for A Medical Student

TPF Chairman Haldun Tashman, Scholarship Recipient Onur Can, and TOG Scholarship Coordinator Gozde Duranay

Onur Can is the first recipient of a scholarship named in memory of the late Dr. Sevket Turgut Nese at his alma mater, Istanbul University Cerrahpasa School of Medicine.

Dr. Nese has lived most of his life in the United States but wanted to give back to his homeland, Turkey. To honor this generous gentleman's memory for decades to come, TPF partnered with Toplum Gönüllüleri Vakfi (TOG) to start a scholarship fund under his name.

Onur Can graduated at the top of his class from Samsun Atatürk Anadolu Lisesi. Given his family's limited financial means he was unsure if he would be able to continue his education. But, Onur believes that people make their own destiny. So, when he learned about a scholarship program at TOG supported by TPF, he applied right away. He was selected out of a pool of 4000 applications! Onur Can says his inspiration is Dr. Mehmet Oz and he wishes to live up to his standards one day. “I will work hard to turn my dreams into reality. And, I know I will make things happen.”

TOG provides scholarships to support promising students who are in need and are committing to participate in social responsibility projects. This year, Onur is one of the 518 university students receiving scholarship funds of 200TL/month to assist with living expenses.

For more information on how to contribute to a scholarship fund, click here.

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