New York, NY (May 13, 2016) – Turkish Philanthropy Funds is proud to announce the first-ever Sena Eken Schieber Economics Award recipients: Sefane Cetin from Bilkent University and Ipek Kavasoglu from Bogazici University. Sefane Cetin will continue her studies to obtain a PhD in Economics at Arizona State University. Ipek Kavasoglu will start Duke University’s Masters’ Degree Program in Economics.
The Sena Eken Schieber Economics Awardees were selected on the basis of a competitive process focusing on personal commitment, academic merit, and financial need. Candidates were female students who applied for the Award and were endorsed by institutional representatives of top Turkish universities nationwide. The scholarships will help cover the costs of tuition, fees, books, and living expenses for one year in accredited U.S. Graduate programs in Economics.
The Award was designed to encourage and support outstanding female students with financial need to pursue graduate studies in the field of Economics in the United States. It is the only graduate award of its type in the field of Economics for Turkish women. “I founded the award because both Sena and I strongly believe that any motivated woman in need should have the opportunity to further her education. I was very impressed by all the applicants, but Sefane’s and Ipek’s approaches to their studies and their personal and professional aspirations are truly remarkable. I wish both of them success with their studies in the U.S.,” said George Schieber, a former World Bank Economist and founder of the Scholarship Fund at Turkish Philanthropy Funds.
“We are truly inspired by George Schieber’s generosity to honor his late wife, Sena Eken Schieber. After a rigorous selection process, we are delighted to announce that two young determined and hardworking women were selected as the Award’s first scholarship recipients. We truly believe that Sefane and Ipek will be impressive Ambassadors for the Award and make us proud with their personal and professional accomplishments,” said Ilhan Akbil, President and CEO at Turkish Philanthropy Funds.
About The Sena Eken Schieber Economics Award and Sena Eken Schieber
The Sena Eken Schieber Economics Award is a Scholarship Fund at Turkish Philanthropy Funds established by Sena Eken Schieber’s husband, George Schieber. Sena was an accomplished economist with a distinguished career at the International Monetary Fund (IMF). She also worked as an Advisor to the Governor of the Central Bank of Turkey. In addition to her successful career, she actively participated in Turkish economic and cultural events, was a talented photographer who loved to travel, a fitness devotee, a collector of Turkish art, and enjoyed socializing with friends, family and professional acquaintances.