About the scholarship

The Carl Hahn Scholarship, launched in July 2016, is intended to enable talented young people from Volkswagen’s catchment area in Wolfsburg to study economics and technology. The programme is primarily aimed at committed students who want to enrol at a German or international university with a business or natural science orientation. 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.

Presentation of the scholarship holders

Finja Augsburg


After successfully completing my bachelor’s degree, I began my international master’s in global communication in politics and society at the University of Erfurt. Shortly after, I received an offer from the University of Texas to spend a research semester as a visiting scholar at the Moody College of Communication in Austin. I am given this opportunity due to my academic commitment coupled with highly regarded research results from my bachelor’s thesis at the age of 22 at a very early point in my career, which is both a great honor and a financial challenge.
The scholarship from the Carl and Marisa Hahn Foundation gives me the necessary tailwind to be able to realize my stay abroad at one of the world’s most renowned universities in my field, thus creating excellent starting conditions for my approaching entry into professional life. Being able to take this big step not alone, but with the support of a foundation from my hometown of Wolfsburg, means a great deal to me.

I would like to express my sincere thanks to all the responsible members of the foundation for accepting me as a scholarship holder, and I would especially like to thank Prof. Dr. Carl Hahn, whom I regard as a great role model with his inspiring vision for globalization and society. I would particularly like to emphasize his commitment to promoting young talent as an investment in the future, which helps me and also numerous other young people to pursue their individual goals and dreams even beyond national borders.

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.

Many thanks for the support.

Sven Wiesner

Through a newspaper article in Wolfsburg, I became aware of the scholarship of the Carl and Marisa Hahn Foundation and subsequently committed my application. At that time, I already had ca commitment to study at the ETH in Zurich/Switzerland, and therefore I was looking for scholarships that would also promote studying abroad.  After an enjoyable conversation with Prof. Hahn, I got confirmation of the scholarship and a big financial burden of my studies was taken care of.

The scholarship provided me with my back during my university years and enabled me to focus on my studies. During my bachelor’s studies I was able to complete a semester abroad at the National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan and thus broaden my horizons not only professionally but also culturally. I am also very grateful that I was able to count on the support of the Foundation for my Master’s degree and was thus supported in achieving my degree.

I would like to particularly highlight the extraordinarily friendly and uncomplicated contact with the Carl und Marisa Hahn Foundation from the very beginning, which enables me to interact with the Foundation far from Wolfsburg.

I would like to thank the Carl und Marisa Hahn Foundation for its support, and especially Prof. Hahn for his interest and commitment, and wish him all the best for the future.

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.