The Implications Behind Donations And Scholarships – OpEd


In today’s world, many students seek various ways to finance their education. Among these, unconditional scholarships and donations are quite popular. However, these resources often come with specific terms and expectations. While everyone may request these resources without conditions, in reality, they often come with expectations.

Especially abroad, in places like Western Europe or North America, students applying for scholarships or loans often have to agree to work in return. This work may encompass various tasks such as washing dishes in the cafeteria, cooking in the dining hall, working in the library, or even assisting a professor. This arrangement allows students not only to receive financial support but also to contribute to the educational process.

Unconditional scholarships or donations are rare worldwide. People generally believe that financial aid is based on a student’s academic performance, abilities, or potential contributions in a specific field. Therefore, those seeking educational support are expected to put in effort to earn it.

Education is the foundation of the future, and financing this process is crucial. However, most financial aids come with a cost. When students accept scholarships or donations, they should carefully consider what is expected in return and whether these conditions align with their goals.

In conclusion, it’s important to remember that there is seldom something truly unconditional in the world of education, and more often than not, it requires dedication.

Haluk Direskeneli

Haluk Direskeneli, is a graduate of METU Mechanical Engineering department (1973). He worked in public, private enterprises, USA Turkish JV companies (B&W, CSWI, AEP, Entergy), in fabrication, basic and detail design, marketing, sales and project management of thermal power plants. He is currently working as freelance consultant/ energy analyst with thermal power plants basic/ detail design software expertise for private engineering companies, investors, universities and research institutions. He is a member of Chamber of Turkish Mechanical Engineers Energy Working Group.

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