Making More Scholarships Available to RWTH Students
University launches Matching Challenge to support more young people as part of the Deutschlandstipendium program.
RWTH wants to support more students with scholarships thanks to the extra funds raised through a Matching Challenge. Under the Deutschlandstipendium program, excellently trained and motivated students at RWTH Aachen University receive a monthly scholarship of 300 euros for one academic year. Half of this funding is raised by the University from private individuals, companies, or foundations, while the other half is provided by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. This matching principle, which has been in place since 2011, is now expanded with a special challenge so that each donation has an even greater effect. All RWTH alumni and University members, but also anyone else interested, can join in and donate any amount of their choice. Every euro donated will be quadrupled in the end. The idea originated with a partner at a Frankfurt law firm, who is now challenging RWTH alumni and University members to get involved. He and another matching partner initially double the donation amount, which is then matched again by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. However, for this to happen, RWTH Aachen University must first reach the target mark of 18,000 euros with its collected donations.
“Thinking the future – that is the guiding principle of RWTH Aachen University. Our students are the most important factor here – bright, innovative, and curious minds who will not only think our future but also shape it. If we support these talents now so that they can concentrate fully on their studies, then this is also a direct investment in the future of our society,” explains RWTH Rector Professor Ulrich Rüdiger. The goal of the Matching Challenge is to grant scholarships to 20 additional committed and high-achieving students thanks to the donations collected and quadrupled in value, thus making it easier for them to finance their studies. “On behalf of our scholarship holders, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all of our supporters. It is you who make the RWTH Education Fund possible in the first place,” says Rector Rüdiger, addressing all supporters who have made or are planning to make a donation to the Challenge. The initiative continues to run through August 15.