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TCAdvance Scholarship Program Entered Evaluation Year in 2013
The TCAdvance Scholarship Program was established in 2007 to support American students of Turkish and Turkic heritage who pursue a career in public and international affairs, law, communications, and public relations. Over the course of the program, 70 Turkish American students were awarded the TCAdvance scholarship.
In 2013, the TCAdvance Scholarship Program for Turkish Americans underwent a comprehensive performance evaluation to asses the course of the program.
As TCA continues to honor its commitment to cultivate the next generation of Turkish American leaders and future decision-makers, we felt it was important to take this time to reflect on our past efforts to design a more robust program that is better suited to meet the community's needs while fulfilling TCA's expectations. Students who were eligible for continuing their scholarships were contacted by TCA directly about scholarship renewals for the 2013-2014 academic year. TCA, however, did NOT accept any new applications in 2013 or 2014.
TCAdvance-Robert C. Byrd Scholarship Renewed for 2014-2015 Academic Year
TCA is pleased to announce that Zelda Elcin's TCAdvance-Robert C. Byrd Scholarship has been renewed for the 2014-2015 academic year. Zelda was chosen as a result of her very strong academic record, her demonstrated commitment to TCA initiatives and the Turkish American community, and the leadership roles she has taken while serving as a TCAdvance Scholar over the previous two years. Since 2013, the TCAdvance Program for young Turkish Americans has undergone a comprehensive performance evaluation. As a result, TCA has accepted no new applications and only considered a limited number of renewal requests.
In her final year of law school at Northwestern University, Zelda has served as an effective advocate for her community. As a TCAdvance Scholar, she has alerted her peers about important issues regarding Turkey and Turkish-American issues, has been an active supporter of various campaigns for Turkish American rights, and has remained involved in TCA initiatives and programs. She has also remained in contact with her local and national political representatives, alerting them to important issues affecting Turkish Americans, and she founded the Muslim Law Students Association at Northwestern University, through which her peers were able to learn more about the Middle East and Turkey.