Applications for Half-Apple Scholarship programs are made online. They are initialy evaluated by computer and later by a selection committee using a points system. Applicants who make the top 1000 are further evaluated by close examination of the required supporting documents as well as the accompanying written text explaining their reasons for applying the program. Any discrepancies between the applicant’s online statements and the documents they have provided are further examined by the selection committee and in case of doubt, original documents are requested from students.
Yucel Kultur Vakfi, as clearly explained in its mission and vision statement, does not discriminate against anybody based on their sex, race, religion, ethnic background, or language and respects all ideas and beliefs. YKV closely follows these principles in its scholarship selection process. Half Apple program is an excellent example, where a donor can choose to support any student they wish regardless of YKV's selection criteria and the other half of the amount is then provided by YKV.
Yucel Kultur Vakfi is constantly working on improving its selection policy in an objective and democratic manner and will continue to do so.
What are the selection criteria for Half Apple Scholarships?
The following list describes the criteria used in the pre-evaluation process by computer programs and committee:
1. Turkish Citizenship is required, non-citizen applications are automatically rejected.
2. Criminal record and background check. Applicants with a clean background get 10 points. No points are given to applicants with a criminal record. However, applicants with restricted or deferred criminal records pending investigation are awarded points by the committee depending on their particular situation.
3. Student's academic progress is evaluated by university entrance examination scores for freshmen and school transcripts for current students. Between 1-10 points are awarded by the committee for such applicants.
4. Student's family and social situation is evaluated and given points as follows:
a. Both parents deceased gets 8+8 =16 points
b. Father deceased gets 8 points
c. Mother deceased gets 8 points
d. Over 2 siblings, parents living gets 6 points
e. 3-4 siblings, parents living 5 points
f. 2 siblings, parents living 4 points
g. Single child 3 points
h. If one or both parents are disabled, sick, unable to work or incarcerated, points are given by the committee depending on the situation.
5. Financial situation of the family is evaluated by the following points system: (Numbers are TL) After subtracting the rent amount from the total income of the household, the result is divided by the number of people living in the household. This amount is the monthy income per individual.
Total family income / number of family members
(<300) = 10 points
(>300, <400) = 9 points
(>400, <500) = 8 points
(>500, <600) = 6 points
(>600, <700) = 4 points
(>700, <800) = 2 points
6. Financial situation of the applicant is evaluated by looking at other types of support he/she receives (if any) education costs. (Numbers are TL)
No other scholarship or financial support (0) = 10 points
Receives scholarship (0-200) = 8 points
Receives scholarship (200-300) = 6 points
Receives scholarship (300-400) = 4 points
Receives scholarship (400-550) = 2 points
7. Social responsibility points in addition to academic success. Committee awards points to the applicant by evaluating their social contributions such as volunteering and involvement in the activities of non-governmental organizations.
8. Past and current involvement in Yucel Kultur Vakfi activities are evaluated and points between 1-10 are awarded. Applicants initially out of Istanbul and have not previously had a chance to get involved in such activities are awarded 5 points.
9. Points for leadership, creativity, project development and involvement in social and cultural programs (such as theater, cinema, music, arts, sports etc.) are awarded depending on the circumstances of each applicant.
10. Points awarded for ingenuity, skills and being open to self-improvement. The selection committe awards points according to the applicant's eagerness for self-improvement and considers his/her participation in certain areas such as seminars, courses or certification programs.
11. Points for the future: Points are given according to the candidate’s goals, creativity and preparation for the future by an interview as well as evaluating the essay written by the candidate.
The main purpose of Yucel Kultur Vakfi is not to randomly distribute funds but discover young people who are in genuine financial need and provide support.