About the scholarship

The Carl Hahn Scholarship, launched in July 2016, is designed to enable talented young people from Volkswagen’s catchment area in Wolfsburg to study at university with an international focus. Preference is given to applicants who can demonstrate social commitment in addition to very good ‘Abitur’ grades.
The financial situation of the student’s family is also taken into account. The duration of the scholarship is one year with the option of annual renewal until the end of the course. Regular performance records are obligatory and applicants are requested to send an informative letter of application to info@hahn-stiftung.org.

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Presentation of the current scholarship holders

Bastian Döring

During my one-year stay abroad at Volkswagen in Beijing, I already learned about the unique history that connects Dr. Hahn and the People’s Republic of China. Furthermore, Prof. Hahn impressed me with decades of loyalty to Volkswagen and also with the interesting way of his life in different countries and cultures. Because of this and my wish to be able to take advantage of new opportunities in the international business world by studying, I decided to send an application to the Carl and Marisa Hahn Foundation.

After an exiting conversation in Prof. Hahn’s office, the Foundation enabled me with a scholarship to start my studies in International Business at the Windesheim University of Applied Sciences in Zwolle, Netherlands.

I am very grateful to Prof. Hahn and the entire Foundation for their financial and personal support. I would also like to emphasise the helpfulness of all those involved.

Hejie Zhu

First baccalaureate, then a Bachelor degree, followed by a PhD. Those were probably the thoughts that crossed my mind the most when I was just about to graduate from high school.  While the academic pathway is a choice with a flourishing perspective, there are quite a few hurdles you can encounter along the way. For a motivated student the financial challenge can be the biggest issue. How would I be able to study full-time without interruptions or compromises in a difficult financial situation?

Fortunately, I encountered the Carl and Marisa Hahn Foundation. The uncomplicated and straight forward communication with the foundation, had me immediately convinced. Without losing time I got a fast response to my application and it was a positive one. A large part of my financial worries was therefore taken care of by the foundation and I was able to focus on my electronics studies at the Technical Univercity of Braunschweig.

I am impressed by the strong engagement of the foundation and its founder Prof Carl Hahn to promote more equality in the different areas of education and mobility.

I hope that my studies will enable me to master my subject so that I may contribute something to the field of technology and the future in general.

Finally, I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to the Carl and Marisa Hahn Foundation and the founder Professor Carl Hahn for their support.

Finja Augsburg


Finja Augsburg


As a scholarship holder of the Carl and Marisa Hahn Foundation, I spent the winter semester of 2022 as an international visiting scholar at the University of Texas at Austin. Working with world-class mentors, colleagues, and experts in global communication practice made my time at Moody College of Communication unforgettable. Not only did I lay the foundation for my Master’s thesis at the University of Erfurt in Austin, but I was also able to set the course for my professional future in transatlantic communication. I return to Germany with both a laughing and a crying eye and am now already looking forward to spending the summer of 2023 as an intern at the U.S. Embassy in Berlin, thus achieving another milestone in my career so far.

I would like to express my sincere thanks to the Carl and Marisa Hahn Foundation in my hometown of Wolfsburg for the financial support I received during my semester abroad and for the confidence they have shown in my academic path.

Our former scholarship holders

Carlotta Crome


After successfully completing my Bachelor’s degree in Munich, I was able to start my Master’s degree with a year abroad at the TU Delft in the Netherlands and successfully complete my Master’s degree in Munich in the summer of 2021. Thanks to the scholarship of the Carl and Marisa Hahn Foundation, I was able to complete half of my Master’s degree abroad. The constant support throughout my studies has given me a lot of freedom. I am very grateful to be part of the network of (now former) scholarship holders.

Prof. Hahn’s commitment is also admirable outside the Foundation. It is inspiring how he works for equal access to education worldwide and actively supports this by building schools. To add to this the foundation helps wheelchair-bound people in Wolfsburg with the MarisaMobil to gain mobility and freedom.

The life’s work of Prof. Hahn makes it clear that it is close to his heart to help people all over the world and make their everyday life easier. I am thankful that I have personal contact with Prof. Hahn, which creates a very familiar atmosphere in the scholarship.

In June 2021 I completed my master’s degree in economics and organizational sciences in Munich and completed two semesters abroad at the TU Delft in the Netherlands as part of my master’s degree. In my master’s thesis, I examined the influence of digital technologies on the sustainability reporting of organizations.

Many thanks for the support.

Sven Wiesner – Master of Science ETH in Computer Science, 27.06.2022


I became aware of the Carl and Marisa Hahn Foundation scholarship through a Wolfsburg newspaper article and subsequently submitted my application. At the time, I had already been accepted for a place at ETH Zurich in Switzerland and was therefore looking for scholarships that would also support studies abroad. After a pleasant conversation with Dr Hahn, I was accepted for the scholarship, which relieved me of a large part of the financial burden of studying.

The scholarship had my back during my time at university and enabled me to focus on my studies.

During my Bachelor’s degree, I also had the freedom to spend a semester abroad at the National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan, thus broadening my horizons not only professionally but also culturally. I am also very grateful that I was able to count on the Foundation’s support for my Master’s degree and was thus helped to obtain my degree.

I would particularly like to emphasise the extraordinarily friendly and uncomplicated contact with the Carl and Marisa Hahn Foundation from the very beginning, which enabled me to interact with the Foundation even from abroad. As a former scholarship holder, I remain connected to the Carl and Marisa Hahn Foundation and would like to express my sincere thanks for the long-lasting support, and especially to Dr. Hahn for his interest and commitment.