The Deutsche Bank Sports Scholarship creates room for development

Deutsche Bank is committed to Germany’s top athletes. With the Deutsche Bank Sports Scholarship, the bank exclusively supports up to 400 collegiate athletes with 400 euros a month in financial aid, which serves as an important basis for their academic studies and career opportunities.

German athletes inspire the world with their athletic achievements – at the Olympic Games, the Paralympics and world and European championship events. Athletic success is a question not only of talent but also of hard work: Training sessions and competitions need to be balanced with vocational or academic studies.

Through the Deutsche Bank Sports Scholarship in cooperation with Stiftung Deutsche Sporthilfe, athletes receive essential financial aid for their academic studies. In this way, Deutsche supports aspiring and top collegiate athletes, including numerous Olympic medal holders and world and European champions.

Learn more about our talented athletes and 30 of our Deutsche Bank Sports Scholarship holders.

Record of success

400 for 400

From January 2015, the Deutsche Bank Sports Scholarship will be increased by a further 100 euros − to 400 euros per month − and will be awarded to 400 instead of 300 athletes.

Deutsche Bank Sports Scholarship recipients

Aline Focken

Aline Focken, Wrestling, Prevention/Health Management (MSc), 23 years old, Krefeld

“Be it in my sport or in my studies, I have never taken a step back unless it has been to take a better step forward.”

Aline Focken, athlete with red tricot
Thomas Schmidberger

Thomas Schmidberger, Wheelchair table tennis, Sport Economics, 23 years old, Viechtach

“For me, being selected for the Deutsche Bank Sports Scholarship was almost like winning a tournament – a confirmation of my achievements in the sporting and academic fields.”

Max Hartung

Maximilian Hartung, Sabre fencing, Sociology/Politics/Business, 25 years old, Dormagen

“A distance of 600 km divides the place where I study and where I train in Dormagen. You need a lot of motivation, perseverance and independent training to master competitive sports and studying for a degree.”

Henri Junghänel

Henri Junghänel, Sports marksman, Mechanical Engineering (M.A.), 27 years old, Breuberg

“I am very passionate about my sport. Nevertheless, it is just as important to me to secure my professional future.”

Sophia Saller

Sophia Saller, Triathlon, Mathematics (M.A.), 21 years old, Kingston upon Thames

“It is my dream to take part in the Olympics one day and I always do my best to achieve my goals, both in my studies and in sport.”

Sophia Saller, first person at the right of the picture
Claudia Blomenkamp

Claudia Blomenkamp, Water polo, Occupational Health Management, 28 years old, Krefeld

“As a professional athlete, it is not easy to combine studying with sports. The support I get from the Deutsche Bank Sports Scholarship is a huge help in this regard.”

Alexander Grimm

Alexander Grimm, Canoe slalom, Mechanical Engineering, 28 years old, Augsburg

“Although I love my sport, you can’t make a living from canoeing. Therefore, it is important to me that I successfully complete my studies.”

Nathalie Weinzierl

Nathalie Weinzierl, Figure skating, Corporate Law, 21 years old, Frankenthal (Palatinate)

“I train very hard so that I can get ahead both in my sport and in my studies. I can do this thanks to the support that I get from the Deutsche Bank Sports Scholarship.”

Anna Schaffelhuber, Disabled sport (alpine skiing)

Anna Schaffelhuber, Disabled Sports (Alpine Skiing), Law, 22 years old, Munich

“After winning five gold medals at the 2014 Paralympics, my next sporting goals are the World Championships in 2015 and the Winter Olympics in 2018. I'm going to keep working intensively on my law degree and hope to make an impact in both sport and the law!"

Laura Grasemann, Freestyle skiing (moguls)

Laura Grasemann, Freestyle Skiing (Moguls), Molecular Biotechnology, 22 years old, Garching

“At times it’s really difficult to fit study and training time, as well as important appointments with doctors and physiotherapists, into 24 hours. I'm under an awful lot of pressure during exam periods and compulsory internships. Without the Deutsche Bank Sports Scholarship, it would be completely unfeasible.”

Laura Vargas Koch, Judo

Laura Vargas Koch, Judo, Master of Mathematics, 24 years old, Berlin

“After a tiring training session, I like to exercise my brain. It helps me to relax and take my mind off things.”

Mareike Adams, Rowing

Mareike Adams, Rowing, Teacher Training: Mathematics/Sport, 25 years old, Essen

“The combination of mental and physical challenge has a particular appeal for me. At the moment, I couldn't imagine one without the other.”

Mareike Adams, first person at the right of the picture
Josche Zurwonne, Badminton

Josche Zurwonne, Badminton, Teacher Training: Geography/Sport, 26 years old, Lüdinghausen

“University can have a motivational effect by balancing out periods of poor performance in sport. The opportunity to get to know new fellow students and to break away from fixed training schedules is an important component of my training plan. The Deutsche Bank Sports Scholarship allows me to focus completely on my sport and my studies."

Sarah Noll, Bobsleigh

Sarah Noll, Bobsleigh, Economics, 23 years old, Paderborn

“Thanks to the Deutsche Bank Sports Scholarship, I don't have the added worry of a part-time job. This is a huge help in coping with the double pressure of competitive sport and studying."

Sarah Noll on the left
Karl Geiger, Ski jumping

Karl Geiger, Ski Jumping, Energy and Environmental Engineering, 22 years old, Oberstdorf

“Ski jumping is my passion but it comes at a very high cost. Combining studies and sport is a challenge that takes a lot out of you, both physically and mentally. The Deutsche Bank Sports Scholarship helps to provide me with the financial security I need for my dual career.”

Charlott Schürmann, Dressage

Charlott Schürmann, Dressage, Business Administration, 22 years old, Gehrde

“Many people see sporting success as something which comes naturally, but only very few acknowledge just how much work goes into competitive sport. In horse riding especially, dependency on financial support is extremely high. Because of this, any athlete would be grateful to receive this kind of recognition."

Jan-Philip Glania, swimming

Jan-Philip Glania, Swimming, Dentistry, 26 years old, Petersberg

“After London, I continued my dentistry studies in Frankfurt. That’s my other focus alongside swimming. I’m trying to balance both and still be a top performer. My goal is to compete in the next Olympic Games in Rio.”


Martin Häner, field hockey

Martin Häner, Field Hockey, Medicine, 26 years old, Berlin

“My successful achievements – the Olympic victory in 2012 and the preliminary medical examination in 2013 – show me that despite extreme pressure, nothing is impossible and even the most difficult tasks can be mastered. But for me, all of this is only possible because of the people always there to provide advice and assistance.”

Julian von Schleinitz, sledding

Julian von Schleinitz, Sledding, Engineering, 23 years old, Bischofswiesen

“I’m very thankful for the Deutsche Bank Sports Scholarship as it allows me to combine sports with my engineering studies. Without the support of Deutsche Bank and Stiftung Deutsche Sporthilfe, I would never be able to compete at this level.”


Andreas Kuffner, rowing

Andreas Kuffner, Rowing, Engineering Management, 28 years old, Berlin

“For me, it was difficult to balance studies and athletics because I spent hardly any time on campus. The “Germany Eight” rowing boat is in Dortmund and I study in Berlin. I spent nearly the entire period from October up to the Games in Dortmund or in training camps. At the rowing main base, I slept in a double room in a bunk bed, living in a confined space with few possibilities to retreat. But in the end, with help from German Sports Aid, my partner and family, both my athletic and academic output was perfect.”


Lars Flüggen, beach volleyball

Lars Flüggen, Beach Volleyball, Chemistry/Foundations of Science, 24 years old, Berlin

“You always miss some exams at the university because of the international championship competitions. There’s a lot of pressure and you’re thankful for any support.”


Carina Bär, rowing

Carina Bär, Rowing, Medicine, 25 years old, Dortmund

“Successfully completing a degree while being a professional athlete requires a lot of passion, discipline and a high amount of rational and organisational coordination. Luckily, Deutsche Bank is helping us out with the Deutsche Bank sports scholarship.”

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Mareike Adermann, wheelchair basketball

Mareike Adermann, Wheelchair Basketball, Business Administration, 23 years old, Whiteater, Wisconsin

“Athletics have given me the opportunity to complete my entire studies in the United States. The close link between athletics and learning on the same campus allows me to improve my athletic performance and, at the same time, complete my foreign language studies within the minimum study period.”

Georg Fleischhauer, field and track

Georg Fleischhauer, Field and Track, Engineering Management, 26 years old, Dresden

“The Deutsche Bank Sports Scholarship is great. My training and masters program allow no time for a part-time job. The monthly financial aid really helps.”


Corinna Scholz, curling, 24 years old, Bernbeuren

Corinna Scholz, Curling, Elementary School Teacher Training, 24 years old, Bernbeuren

“It’s really important to receive support from all sides to be able to combine sports and studies, and that includes the Deutsche Bank Sports Scholarship.”

Katharina Krüger, wheelchair tennis

Katharina Krüger, Wheelchair Tennis, Rehabilitation Education, Portuguese, 25 years old, Berlin

“It’s great to be part of the Sports Aid program and, as an athlete, receive a scholarship while I’m also studying. The scholarship is a huge help financially and I’m very thankful for it.”

Alexander Mann, Bobsledding

Alexander Mann, Bobsleigh, Medicine, 34 years old, Grünwald

“Professionally, I want to become an orthopedist after I complete my medical studies. Athletically, I’m targeting Sotschi in 2014, whereby the next couple of years will determine to what extent I can combine sports with my profession. The Deutsche Bank Sports Scholarship is definitely helping me master this double burden.”

Jürgen Fitschen, Kim Bui, Verena Sailer, Dr. Michael Ilgner
Jürgen Fitschen, Co-Chairman of the Management Board of Deutsche Bank, Kim Bui, gymnast, Verena Sailer, athlete, Dr. Michael Ilgner, Chairman of Deutsche Sporthilfe (from left to right)

“Deutsche Bank and competitive sports are an excellent match. Talented athletes embody what we mean with passion to perform. You need to funnel all your energy into achieving your goals. With the German Bank Sports Scholarship, we support athletes who combine competitive sports and academic studies. The scholarship gives them the flexibility they need to pursue a career in the future.”

Jürgen Fitschen Co-Chairman of the Management Board of Deutsche Bank

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