Medine Memi Memorial Scholarship Fund – August 2011 Update

BTF Making a Difference in Promoting Education for Young Women and Girls in Rural Turkey!


We wish to update you on the Bridge to Turkiye Fund (BTF)’s girl’s empowerment scholarship fund initiative established to honor the memory of 16-year old Medine Memi who was horrifically buried alive in her family’s backyard by her own grandfather and father in Kahta, Adiyaman. Since its inception in 2010, this initiative aimed to keep Medine Memi’s name alive, raise awareness about “honor killings,” and to support young women and girls in need from rural regions of Turkey by providing scholarships.

BTF turned this tragic death of young Medine into a positive action. In observation of the International Women’s Day in March, BTF partnered with the Orange County Turkish American Association (OCTAA) and the American Turkish Association of Washington, DC (ATA-DC) and hosted two fundraiser events in Laguna Beach, California and in Potomac Falls, Virginia benefiting the Medine Memi Memorial Scholarship Project. BTF thanks Washington DC volunteers Ayse Zerwas, Asli Necioglu, Banu Oguz, and Demet Cabbar and Orange County (CA) volunteers Ersin Sengul, Burcu Kayiran, Keith Aleckson, and Semrin Aleckson for raising great funds that helped bring us to the current total of $15,063.00 for this scholarship fund.

For the 2010-11 school year, BTF provided scholarships for 11 young students totalling nearly $5400 (8250 YTL) to Merve, Esin, Irem, Kubra, Hacer, Imran, Emine, Aylin, Mizgin, Sevgi, and Gulcan from various provinces in Turkey.  Our scholars Aylin and Mizgin graduated from their high schools this year. In fact, Aylin finished her school as a valedictorian. For the 2011-12 school year, we have identified two new scholarship recipients, Serife and Cansu from Mugla.

These scholarships are the best investments we can make in providing the hope of a brighter future for disadvantaged young girls, allowing them to become leaders in their communities.

During Ramazan, we hope that you will consider giving your zekat and fitre donations to the Medine Memi Memorial Scholarship Fund.  Donations can be securely paid online at: or by clicking on the “Donate Here” button on the BTF’s homepage at:

We wish you a happy and healthy Ramazan and Ramazan (Seker) Bayrami!

On behalf of BTF:

Sevda Küpoğlu Aleckson
Medine Memi Fund Project Coordinator
[email protected]

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