"Sports Scholarship Holder of the Year" 2021

Top performances in sports and studies

Since 2012, the Deutsche Bank Sport Scholarship has been given to young talents who embark on a dual career in sports and university studies. The Deutsche Bank scholarship currently enables around 300 athletes to do their best in both disciplines. Among them are numerous World and European Junior Champions, as well as medal winners at the World Championships, European Championships, Olympic Games, and Paralympics.

Every year, the "Sports Scholarship Holder of the Year" is awarded. Besides the winner in 2021, Leonie Meyer, the following candidates vied for the prize:

"Sports Scholarship Holder of the Year 2021"

Leonie Meyer

Leonie Meyer

Leonie Meyer, a member of the German kitesurfing team who is also studying human medicine, is the “Sports Scholarship Holder of the Year 2021”. In the public voting, she was convincing due to her team’s second-place finish at the European Championships in September 2020, coupled with her outstanding university achievements and her role as a mother.

Show content of Andreas Bechmann - Decathlon

Andreas is the reigning German indoor heptathlon champion and finished sixth at the European Indoor Championships in early 2021. Born in Frankfurt, he is studying General Management at accadis Hochschule Bad Homburg where he expects to graduate with a bachelor’s degree this year.

Andreas Bechmann

Show content of Hannah Gablac - Field Hockey

Hannah has been a member of the German national field hockey team since the age of 19. With the German national team she was European champion, and she finished fifth in the Field Hockey World Cup. In addition to her sporting activities, the 26-year-old completed her studies in Human Medicine at the University of Hamburg last year within the standard period of study.

Show content of Katharina Lang - Wheelchair Basketball

Katharina won bronze with the German women’s national wheelchair basketball team at the 2019 European Championships and thus qualified for her first Paralympics in Tokyo. The 28-year-old studied marketing in the USA and has consistently been one of the best students at her university over the past three semesters.

Show content of Deborah Levi - Bobsleigh

In the past winter sports season, Deborah made her breakthrough and, together with her pilot Laura Nolte, joined the world’s elite. The duo became European champions in the double at the beginning of 2021, and then won the bronze medal at the World Championships. She is studying to become a primary school teacher at Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main.

Show content of Leonie Meyer - Kitesurfing

Although the German kitesurfing team does not have a permanent national coach, Leonie and her team finished second in the European Championships in September 2020. The 28-year-old is studying Human Medicine at Christian Albrechts University in Kiel. Despite her time-consuming and travel-intensive sport, she is still progressing with her studies in the standard period. Leonie became a mother for the first time in the spring of 2021.

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