The Scholarship

The Greinert Family and the Dietmar Hopp Foundation sponsor and support students who engage in top-level sports. This way, they can reconcile their academic and athletic career.

Due to the additional workload arising from their training schedule, it is particularly challenging for student athletes to pursue their degree. Yet, the experience they gain from sports often enables them to perform extraordinarily well in their academic career.

Klaus Greinert – sponsor of the Elite Student Athletes Scholarship Rhine-Neckar Metropolitan Region / Photo credit: Arthur Rewak
Mannheim Sports Scholarship – Dietmar Hopp Foundation

Top-level student athletes face a massive workload. I want them to have enough time for both sports training and studying. They motivate other people to practice sports as well. I am always happy to see more children and adolescents who abandon their game console and play soccer or practice for track and field competitions instead.

Dietmar Hopp – sponsor of the Elite Student Athletes Scholarship Rhine-Neckar Metropolitan Region / Photo credit: Sportstipendium MRN

Partner University of Top-Level Sports

In 1999, the German University Sports Federation (Allgemeiner Deutscher Hochschulsportverband, adh) and various partners initiated the partner university of top-level sports project (“Partnerhochschule des Spitzensports”) to help elite athletes to reconcile their studies and sports career. In 2003, the University of Mannheim signed the cooperation agreement and thus became a partner university of top-level sports. The cooperation agreement intends to implement concrete measures supporting elite student athletes with the particular challenges they face. There are 191 universities all over Germany that have joined the cooperation so far.