Vehbi Koç Award, coordinated and financed by Vehbi Koç Foundation, is given annually for education, health and culture, respectively to INDIVIDUALS or ORGANIZATIONS that have contributed significantly to the people and the development of Turkey.
Vehbi Koç himself played an important part in Turkeys development and strived to provide a better life for Turkish people, believing that every individual should assume responsibility for social issues. He founded Vehbi Koç Foundation, the first large-scale private foundation in Turkey in 1969 with the conviction that social support should be systematic and permanent. Focused on the areas of education, health and culture, the Foundation has established several exemplary facilities, and developed a different model by operating most of them.
Vehbi Koç Foundation considers it a social responsibility and an honorable duty to embrace and support individuals and organizations that serve and contribute to our country; and aims to recognize exemplary services that add value to the society with the Vehbi Koç Award.
The individual or organization to receive the award is chosen by the Vehbi Koç Foundation Board of Directors among three names nominated by the Selection Committee, consisting of leading scientists and experts in their fields.