Chartered on 25 April 1999 and named after Mehmet Zorlu, the father of Zorlu Group co-chairmen Ahmet Zorlu and Zeki Zorlu, Mehmet Zorlu Vakfı (The Mehmet Zorlu Education, Health, Culture, and Mutual Assistance Foundation) is a family-owned charitable foundation.

The objectives of the Mehmet Zorlu Foundation are to:

Support successful young people who have the ability to contribute something both to our own country and to the whole world in the name of humanity but lack the material means to pursue their studies
Support the organizations that nurture them for us
Lead the way in organizing activities that will assist their ongoing development.

To achieve these objectives, the Mehmet Zorlu Foundation seeks to:

Provide financial aid to needy young people so that they may continue their education and training
Provide assistance in the opening of schools and similar educational institutions
Support and actively involve itself in education-related competitions and projects
Assist in the organization of education-related social activities.

In line with these overall objectives, the Foundation has identified “providing scholarship assistance to university and pre-university students” as its principal activity.

During the 2011-2012 academic year, Mehmet Zorlu Foundation provided gratuitous scholarships to about 1,602 students.

Scholarships were provided to students at these universities:

Akdeniz University, Anadolu University, Ankara University, Atatürk University, Boğaziçi University, Celal Bayar University, Çukurova University, Dicle University, Dokuz Eylül University, Fırat University, Ege University, Gazi University, Hacettepe University, İstanbul University, İstanbul Technical University, İnönü University Black Sea Technical University, Kocaeli University, Marmara University, Mimar Sinan University, Namık Kemal University, Middle East Technical University, Pamukkale University, Trakya University, Uludağ University, Yüzüncüyıl University, Yıldız Teknik University.

Scholarships were provided to students at these lycees:

• Galatasaray Lycee, İstanbul Lycee, Darüşşafaka Schools, Babadağ Hacı Mehmet Zorlu Multi- Program Lycee.

Mehmet Zorlu Foundation also supports the education of successful and needy students through a variety of special projects such as:

Full scholarships given to successful and needy university and lycee students.
Scholarships provided to successful students in the “Bir DeSen Tasarla” (“You Design One Too”) comforter pattern and product design competitions that TAÇ holds every year to attract young and talented designers to the textile industry and to support their creative ideas.
Scholarships awarded to 17 needy and successful students who live in the Van region and suffered from its recent devastating earthquake.
Scholarships given to the children of former employees who died while working for a group company
Scholarships given to students through the Turkish Spinal Cord Injury Association
Scholarships granted to those placing among the top 100 in the national undergraduate placement examinations.

Among the most important non-educational activities that the Mehmet Zorlu Foundation undertakes is the provision of regular monthly material support to the needy. Information about the need for education and health assistance that reaches the Foundation is reviewed and aid is provided to an average of 15 people a month.

The Mehmet Zorlu Foundation continues to increase its support for the construction efforts of educational institutions required to ensure that the young people who are the future of our country will receive the superior education that they need. The Foundation provides scholarships and builds schools so as to lighten the public burden of educating individuals who will be beneficial to their families, their country, and their nation.

Before the formation of the Mehmet Zorlu Foundation, the Zorlu Group financed the construction and operation of two schools:

Hacı Mehmet Zorlu Multi-Program Lycee (Babadağ-Denizli, 1991)
Saide Zorlu Anadolu Business Professional Lycee (Avcılar-İstanbul, 1998)

Projects undertaken after the inception of Mehmet Zorlu Foundation:

2003: Hakkı Dereköylü Fine Arts Lycee, Denizli
2005: Mehmet Zorlu Primary School, Serdivan/Adapazarı
2008: İnlice Ahmet Nazif Zorlu Primary School, Fethiye/Muğla
2008: Hacı Mehmet Zorlu Education, Culture, and Rehabilitation Center for the Physically Handicapped, Ankara
An unfinished business school for the physically handicapped that was taken over by the foundation under an agreement signed with the Bursa Yıldırım municipality in December 2009, the school was completed in 2010 and commenced instruction with the 2010-2011 academic year.
September 2012: Van Vestel Technical and Vocational High School for Girls
September 2012: Ahmet Nazif Zorlu Anadolu Teachers’ Lycee

The Foundation also established the Zorlu Theater for Children in 2003. This theater’s troupe tours cities all over Turkey and puts on theatrical performances and puppet shows particularly for needy children.

The Mehmet Zorlu Foundation Zorlu Theater for Children will once again be taking the stage with new surprises and reaching out to a steadily growing audience in the 2012-2013 season.

1st year 2003 - 2004 season

Troupe: Tiyatro Tempo

Programs: Müziğin Kalbi

Venues: Çorlu, Bursa, Denizli, Ankara, Manisa, İzmir, İstanbul, Antalya, Adana, İzmit, Trabzon, Aydın, Salihli, Eskişehir, Afyon, Gaziantep, Şanlıurfa, Konya, Isparta, Van ve Diyarbakır

Toplam İl ve Oyun Sayısı: 21 provinces and 49 performances

Total spectators: 44.000

2nd year 2004 - 2005 season

Troupe: Tiyatro Tempo

Programs: Burun ve Karagöz - Cadılar ve Hint Fakiri

Venues (Burun): Çorlu, Bursa, Denizli, Ankara, Manisa, İzmir, İstanbul, Antalya, Trabzon, Sivas, Adana, Afyon, Balıkesir

Venues (Karagöz - Cadılar ve Hint Fakiri): Malatya, Konya, Isparta, Nevşehir, Ürgüp, Kayseri, Eskişehir, Ayvalık

Toplam İl ve Oyun Sayısı: 21 provinces and 45 performances

Total spectators: 40.000

3rd year 2005 - 2006 season

Troupe: Tiyatro Tempo

Programs: Karagöz - Cadılar ve Hint Fakiri

Venues: Çorlu, Bursa, Denizli, Ankara, Manisa, İzmir, İstanbul

Total provinces and performances: 7 provinces and 16 performances

Total spectators: 12.700

4th year 2006 - 2007 season

Troupe: BKM Tiyatro

Programs: Kediler ve Fareler Mutfağı

Venues: Kayseri, Niğde, Malatya, Adıyaman, Bolu, Zonguldak, İzmir, Manisa, Bursa, Çorlu, Denizli, Aydın, İstanbul, Bilecik, Yalova, Ankara, Muş, Siirt, Tokat, Amasya, Antalya, Artvin, Kars, Kahramanmaraş ve Gaziantep

Total provinces and performances: 25 provinces and 44 performances

Total spectators: 38.000

5th year 2007 - 2008 season

Troupe: BKM Tiyatro

Programs: Kurşun Askerin Utancı & Kediler ve Fareler Mutfağı

Venues: İzmit, Edirne, Adana, Gaziantep, İstanbul, İzmir, Manisa, Bursa, Çorlu, Denizli, Samsun, Trabzon, Eskişehir, Konya, Sivas, Elazığ ve Erzurum

Total provinces and performances: 17 provinces and 76 performances

Total spectators: 60.000

6th year 2008 - 2009 season

Troupe: BKM Tiyatro

Programs: Bremen Mızıkacıları & Kediler ve Fareler Mutfağı

Venues: İskenderun, Erzincan, Ardahan, Giresun, İstanbul, Ordu, Manisa, Bursa, Gümüşhane, Bayburt, Kars, Iğdır, Ağrı, Van, Diyarbakır, Batman, Tarsus, Mersin, Kilis, Hatay, Şanlıurfa, Mardin ve Viranşehir

Total provinces and performances: 23 provinces and 87 performances

Total spectators: 68.000

7th year 2009 - 2010 season

Troupe: BKM Tiyatro

Programs: Oz Büyücüsü & Bremen Mızıkacıları

Venues: Yalova, Kocaeli, Sakarya, Düzce, Bolu, Bartın, Karabük, Kastamonu, Sinop, İstanbul, Manisa, Bursa, Çorlu, Ankara, Kırıkkale, Kırşehir, Yozgat, Çorum, Amasya, Tokat, Sivas, Erzincan, Tunceli, Bingöl, Erzurum, Doğu Beyazıt, Iğdır, Kars

Total provinces and performances: 27 provinces and 89 performances

Total spectators: 72.000

8th year 2010 - 2011 season

Troupe: BKM Tiyatro

Programs: Kediler ve Fareler Mutfağı, Oz Büyücüsü, Bremen Mızıkacıları

Venues: Erzincan, Tunceli, Bingöl, Bitlis, Siirt, Mardin, Şırnak, Viran Şehir, Şanlıurfa, Muş, Ankara, Kırıkkale, Yozgat, Amasya, Çorum, Çankırı, İstanbul, Lüleburgaz, Edirne, Kırklareli, Tekirdağ, Çanakkale, Balıkesir, Bursa, Kütahya, Uşak, Afyon, Burdur, Denizli, Muğla, Aydın, İzmir, Manisa.

Total provinces and performances: 32 provinces and 100 performances

Total spectators: 80.000

9th year 2011 - 2012 season

Troupe: BKM Tiyatro

Programs: Çirkin Ördek Yavrusu & Kurbağa Prens

Venues: Bursa, Uşak, Denizli, Aydın, İzmir, Manisa, Lüleburgaz, Rize, Trabzon, Giresun, Ordu, Fatsa, Samsun, Kastamonu, Bartın, Bolu, İstanbul

Total provinces and performances: 17 provinces and 88 performances

Total spectators: 60.000

In addition to all these activities, the Mehmet Zorlu Foundation also makes donations to many different organizations:

Mehmet Zorlu Foundation contributed 15,000 blankets, comforters, and sleep sets to aid campaigns organized for earthquake victims in Pakistan.
Mehmet Zorlu Foundation donated two million liras to the Turkish Armed Forces Mehmetçik Foundation in support of a “Support For Our Heroes Combating Terrorism” campaign spearheaded by Habertürk TV and the Turkish National Football Team.
In line with the importance and priority that it gives to human health, the Mehmet Zorlu Foundation donated one million liras to the İstanbul University Oncology Institute.
125 satellite receivers donated gratuitously by Vestel were distributed to the same number of schools located around the country by the Mehmet Zorlu Foundation.
Two hundred basketball backboards were donated to schools to help support basketball throughout Turkey.

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