In 2005, the Gemeinnützige Hertie Stiftung and the ASKO Europa-Stiftung, together with the Ministry of Education and Culture of Saarland, launched the project "START Saar: Schülerstipendien für engagierte Schüler mit Migrationshintergrund" (Scholarships for committed secondary students with a migration background) in Saarland. Since 2007, the START-Stiftung gemeinnützige GmbH, Frankfurt, a subsidiary of the Hertie-Stiftung, has coordinated the program nationwide, now in as many as 15 German federal states.
START Saar aims to accompany young people on their way to obtaining a high school graduation or a vocational qualification. It offers them better opportunities for successful integration and civic participation and promotes their civic commitment.
START supports socially committed and high-performing secondary students with a migration background. In addition to good / very good academic performance, the social, family and financial background of the candidates is also taken into account in the selection process. The scholarship holders receive a monthly education allowance as well as a laptop and a printer until they successfully complete their schooling or vocational training.
The ASKO Europa-Stiftung is entrusted with the regional coordination of START Saar.
For more information about the Germany-wide START Program: www.start-stiftung.de
START in Saarland 2020/2021: 30 students
After the application deadline on March 15, 2021, up to seven scholarship holders will be selected for the Saarland in cooperation with the Saarland Ministry of Education and Culture as part of a multi-stage selection process for the 2021/2022 school year.