In 2005 the Gemeinnützige Hertie-Stiftung and the ASKO EUROPA-STIFTUNG foundations, in cooperation with the Ministry for Education and Culture of Saarland, created the project "START Saar: scholarships for committed secondary students with a migrant background" in Saarland. Since 2007 the START-Stiftung gemeinnützige GmbH, Frankfurt, a subsidiary of Hertie-Stiftung, has been coordinating the project throughout Germany, i.e. in currently 15 federal states of Germany.
START Saar aims to accompany young people on their way to the German "Abitur" (high-school certificate qualifying for university admission), to offer them this way better opportunities for successful integration and participation in civil society, to support their commitment and to encourage them to continue to assume social responsibility.
START scholarships are granted to socially committed and gifted secondary students with a migrant background. Apart from good to very good school performances, the applicants' social, familiar and financial background is taken into account in the selection process. The scholars get a monthly educational grant as well as a laptop and a printer until they receive their school-leaving diploma. Moreover, the intensive moral support of the scholars needs to be underlined in this context. It includes many offers provided by the START-Stiftung foundation and the regional coordination in Saarland, which is in the hands of the ASKO EUROPA-STIFTUNG.
For more information about the Germany-wide START Program: www.start-stiftung.de