Gaziantep Education and Service Foundation
The Gaziantep Education and Service Foundation (Vakıf) was set up in 1980 thanks to the charitable donations of people from Gaziantep, and under the visionary leadership of the late Hasan Kalyoncu. It’s mission and foundational goal is to assist in the capital development of quality people, by means of financially or otherwise supporting promising yet needy students of the region and Turkey as a whole.
The foundation's pioneer project was Erdem Colleges, established in Gaziantep in 1998 to serve the local community. It has more than 1.200 students enrolled in Erdem Kindergarten, Erdem Primary School, Erdem College and Erdem Sciences High School.
In 2010 the Gaziantep Education and Service Foundation celebrated its 30th anniversary with hard earned pride. Over the last few decades it has had the pleasure of providing scholarships to literally thousands of students, many of whom have gone on to become scholars and bureaucrats.