Dusseldorf With the so-called German scholarship, particularly gifted students are supported. There are now more in Düsseldorf than in any other university in North Rhine-Westphalia.
Great success for the Heinrich-Heine-Uni Düsseldorf: In the academic year 2020/21, 403 students will be supported with a “German scholarship” – more than at any other university in North Rhine-Westphalia. “We are very happy and this shows once again how much the city’s society and businesses in the region support their university,” said rector Anja Steinbeck. Half of the scholarship is provided by the federal government and the other half by private sponsors who are recruited by the university. Each scholarship holder receives 300 euros per month for at least two semesters.
Along with Scholarship Ambassador and Honorary Senator Hannelore Riesner, a total of 81 individuals, foundations and corporations pledged for the New Year. More than 1.4 million euros are available. The scholarship is awarded based on performance, students who are among the top 10-15% in their year are supported.
In addition, for the first time this year, there are also students who are very good but also successful in other areas – and therefore supported, explains the rector: “Eight scholarships go to students who practice competitive sports , 16 to students with children and 34 to educational climbers. This year, financial support is also particularly important because many students have lost their part-time jobs due to the corona pandemic.
Due to the corona virus, the scholarship certificates were not presented this year as usual in a festive setting in an amphitheater. The concept of HHU also includes personal contact between donors and recipients. Both were to be designed virtually this year. Rector Steinbeck and Honorary Senator Riesner, who also chairs the University Funding Advisory Board, welcomed attendees via live stream. “Perhaps virtual conversation will continue to be an alternative to personal contact,” says Riesner.
Fellows also made short videos to introduce themselves to their sponsors. These were recorded and presented as a photo collage. Subsequently, sponsors and recipients were able to exchange information in the virtual space. A successful start, summarizes Anja Steinbeck. “The program shows how committed society and companies in Düsseldorf are to young scientists”, said the rector, “we are extremely grateful for this”.