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Vehbi Koç Award

Vehbi Koç Award

Vehbi Koç Award

Vehbi Koç Award, an award given since 2002 to individuals or organizations “who have made an important contribution to the development of Turkey and the Turkish people” in the fields of culture, education or health. The individual or institution who is to receive the $100,000 award, funded and coordinated by the Vehbi Koç Foundation (VKV), is selected by the VKV Board of Directors from three candidates recommended by a jury formed of leading scientists and experts in the respective field. The members of the jury change every year in keeping with the award field. The aim of the Vehbi Koç Award is to “promote and reward exemplary services that add value to society”. The award is given every year in a ceremony in February during events to commemorate the life of Vehbi Koç.

Vehbi Koç:

“Vehbi Koç Awards”

Year

Field

Person/Organization

2002

Culture

Topkapı Palace Museum

2003

Education

AÇEV (Mother Child Education Foundation)

2004

Health

Bilkent University Faculty of Science Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics

2005

Culture

Fazıl Hüsnü Dağlarca

2006

Education

Nuri Okutan

2007

Health

Prof. Aziz Sancar

2008

Culture

Prof. Mehmet Özdoğan

2009

Education

Prof. Türkan Saylan

2010

Health

Prof. Turgay Dalkara

2011

Culture

Prof. Filiz Ali and Ayvalık International Music Academy  (AIMA)

2012

Education

Prof. Nermin Abadan Unat

2013

Health

Prof. Gökhan Hotamışlıgil

2014

Culture

Zeynep Çelik 

2015

Education

Prof. Ali Nesin and Nesin Mathematics Village

2016

Health

Prof. Kamil Uğurbil

2017

Culture

Prof. Zeynep Ahunbay

2018

Education

Prof. Yılmaz Büyükerşen
2019 Health Prof. Mehmet Toner

 

The new figurine is “a clear 3D structure that represents work related to health, education and culture. At the top of the figurine column, there are three volutes facing out in three directions symbolizing the accumulation of knowledge in the three subjects and its value and reward in the three aspects of life.”

Abadan Unat, Nermin

Political scientist who received the Vehbi Koç Award for education in 2012.

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