Higher Education Half-Apple Scholarships


Yücel Cultural Foundation brings together contributors and young people in need since 1969  in order to provide support young people's education.

Starting with 2014 academic year, all applications for a 'Higher Education Scholarship' will be considered as applications for 'Higher Education Half-Apple Scholarships’. Full amount of the scholarship will not be provided by YCF.

What is Half-Apple Scholarship ?

Half-Apple Scholarship is a free and complimentary program in which students receive the half of the scholarship from a contributor and the other half from YCF and/or another contributor. The amount is 175 TL per month. Students receive the scholarship for a period of 12 months. At the end of this period the contributor may choose to continue with the scholarship for another year. Otherwise, the scholarship is terminated.

Who is eligible?

Turkish citizens who are university students in need of financial support, irrespective of their religion, language, ethnic origin or gender can apply for this scholarship. Students whose scholarships have been terminated because they have not fulfilled their obligations can not reapply. Students who are selected for a Half-Apple Scholarship but could not find a contributor can reapply the following year, but their application needs to be approved again by the selection committee.

Students who get scholarships from other foundations can apply for Half Apple Scholarship after indicating their status during the application process.

Quality and name of the high education institution (Foundation, state or private) that the student is attending is not taken into account while evaluating scholarship applications.

When and how to apply

Applications can be made between August 15th to October 15th. Half Apple Scholarship Application Form is not available online on other dates.

Before applying, you need to complete the registration form at YCF’s website by clicking the “signup”  button and entering a code sent to your mobile phone.

Next, you need to fill up the Half Apple Scholarship Application Form online (you need to write the phone number and email that you used while registration). If you do not remember the information you have entered during registration, you can see them from the “login” page.

You do not need to fill up the form at once. If you wish, you can save the information and continue afterwards by clicking SAVE TEMPORARILY.

When you click SEND FOR EVALUATION, your Half Apple Scholarship Application Form will be sent to the  scholarship selection commitee and you will not have the option to change it or send another application. Duplicate applications will not be evaluated under any circumstances.

You do not need to send any documents at this stage. As YCF, we trust our applicants’ statements and evaluate according to their Half Apple Scholarship Application Form they have filled out online.

We realize that  your money, time and effort are valuable. Therefore, we require the necessary documents only after you have been selected. Some of these documents will be used for verification purposes.

How Are The Applications Evaluated?

Applications are evaluated according to the criteria determined by YCF Board. Software is utilized which assigns points to specific situations in order to prevent possible unfair treatment. Furthermore, selected candidates are investigated by the scholarship commitee to make sure that the documents they provided match the information given during the application process.

Important: If a scholarship applicant cancels his/her website membership after applying, his/her application will no longer be considered and will be automatically terminated.

When are the results announced?

Applicants who were selected for the Half Apple Scholarship will be published on YCF’s website under the “scholarship results” section  as “Half Apple Scholarship Waiting List” on November 1, 2017. Announcements will also be made from YCF's social media accounts.

Please remember that being on the list only means that you are a candidate for the scholarship. As the main feature of the scholarship, either you or YCF has to find a donor who can support you.

Who Are The Donors?

Any one who believes the importance of education for young people can be a donor.

There are two basic types of donors:

a. Donors who want to choose the students they want to support.

b. Donors who want YCF to choose the best applicant according to their needs.

How do the donors choose their scholars?

a. Donors who want to choose their scholar:

After accepting YCF’s rules, donors pay half of the scholarship fee of 1050 TL for the year of 2017, as cash or credit card (in 9 yearly installments) online. Following the payment, a code is sent via SMS to the donor’s mobile phone and using this code, the donor can inspect all the scholarship application forms. Donors can search for specific criteria such as students of medicine or who were born in a specific area by using tools provided by the website. After selecting the recipient the donor clicks on “donate” and the process is completed. Following the decision the code is cancelled and the donor can’t see the forms any more.

Caution: A donor can not be a first degree relative.

b. Donors who want YCF to choose the best applicant according to their needs

In this situation, after the receipt of the donation, YCF will provide the second half of the scholarship amount to those students that are on the waiting list. If no such candidates are on the list, the next candidate on the list who was chosen by the selection committee is granted the scholarship.

In both (a and b) situations, applicant's status is changed to CHOSEN SCHOLAR and a notification is sent to the donor with the recipient’s contact information.

Are the recipients paid immediately?

In order to pay the scholarships;

a. YCF needs to verify scholar's information specified on the documents

b. YCF needs to provide the other half of the apple.

This process may take up to 20 days.

What is YCF’s scholarship obligation?

The donors are free to choose whom they will select from the list of the candidates. Candidates have to wait in order to be chosen by a donor. YCF does not guarantee that a candidate will be granted a scholarship and is not under any obligation to that effect.

Applicants who are on the list of candidates may find the donor and direct him/her to YCF by himself/herself. YCF may then evaluate the donor. YCF always makes sure that half of the scholarship is paid by a donor and the other half is paid by YCFor other donor.

Verifying a scholar's information, following up with a scholar's academic success and terminating a scholarship are among YCF's responsibilities.

I am a chosen scholar. Which documents do I send and when?

You can send the following documents in a transparent folder 15 days after the announcement to the following address:

Yücel Kültür Vakfı Zühtüpaşa Mah. Bağdat Cad. Keylan İş Merkezi No:15 Kat:2 D:8 34724 Kızıltoprak - Kadıköy / İSTANBUL

If you wish, you can personally visit the  office and deliver the documents yourself.

Arrival date is considered in mailing, not the sending date. Please make sure that you send your documents as soon as possible, well before the due date. Late arriving documents will be considered as “missing” and the following applicant will be granted your scholarship.

a. Mandatory for all students:

  1. Extract of detailed civil registry record.
  2. Certificate of current residence addresses.
  3. Prior criminal record.
  4. Student certification document from school. (Not necessary if a transcript is available.)

b. Personal documents:

(depending on the information filled out on the application form)

  1. If you live in a rental house, copy of the rental/lease contract.
  2. Honours degree, a copy of certificate if degree is 4.00-5.00, 80-100.
  3. Copy of transcript if checked on the form.
  4. Family income documents such as pension, payroll etc. (Can be downloaded from E-devlet website)
  5. If any healthcare program information for family members (yesilkart, bagkur, SGK, private insurance) is checked on the form, photocopies of such documents.(Can be downloaded from E-devlet website)
  6. Copies of certificate programs you have attended.
  7. If checked,  copy of university entrance/placement exam results.
  8. Document showing details, if you are receiving scholarship from another institution.

Terms used for the status of a scholarship application on the YCF website:

Not sent for evaluation: An incomplete form that was temporarily saved during the application process and not sent for evaluation within the required time frame, causing the applicant to lose  his/her chance for a scholarship.

Awaiting donor: The candidate is on a list who needs financial support based on the information given on the application and documents. YCF is actively searching for a donor for the candidate.

Half Apple found: A donor has provided  the funds for the candidate and YCF is trying to provide the second half.

In the meantime, the candidate needs to open a bank account at Garanti Bankasi Erenkoy Branch (Branch code: 150) in his/her name and send the account information to YCF. Candidates can use a personal bank account of their own if they wish. However, YCF has an agreement with the bank indicated above and scholarship students are exempt fom paying bank EFT fees.

Receiving scholarship: Candidate’s information on the documents have been verified and the other half of the apple has been found. Candidate will be receiving scholarship payments for one year. Candidate is resposible for maintaining good relations with his/her donor for securing another scholarship the following year.

Denied scholarship: The candidate’s application has been rejected by the selection committee.