Start Scholarship

A cooperation with the start foundation

Since 2020, the Dieter Schwarz Foundation is supporting the START Foundation’s three-year education and engagement program, so now students from the state of Baden-Württemberg are able to apply, too. The START Scholarship is intended for immigrant youth. Its aim is to foster young talent to refine their competencies, to acquire new skills and knowledge, and to use them in society confidently and with purpose. These young people receive support in the form of skill training, coaching, and financial resources. The Dietmar Hopp Foundation supports the scholarship programme since 2022.

Over a period of three years, the START Foundation encourages and guides young people in the process of assuming responsibility for a vibrant democracy and social cohesion. START is the talent engine for exceptional young people, serving as a launch pad for new initiatives and an amplifier in the defence of liberal values.


The Future Is What Counts

Being an immigrant or having a parent who is an immigrant is a prerequisite for admission to the program. In addition, applicants must be at least 14 years old, have completed the eighth grade, and still have three years of (vocational) school left – the type of school and qualification they are working towards are irrelevant. Apart from meeting these formal conditions, the only thing needed is the will to make a positive impact on society.

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About the START Foundation

START was created in 2002 by the Hertie Foundation. START is a program to educate and engage immigrant youth. The organization START-Stiftung gGmbH was founded in 2007 to continue running the successful program independently. START is active all over Germany with the backing of its political, business, and civil society partners. Around 500 young people from over 60 countries of origin are currently being supported by START.

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Contact at the Foundation

Christian Rieck
Phone: +49 7132 30-7035

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