Kim Karotki

A win-win-win situation

Scho­l­ar­s­hip sche­me gives stu­dents a boost

Klasmann-Deilmann is com­mit­ted to sup­por­ting and encou­ra­ging young peop­le. That’s why we’re invol­ved in the ‘Deutsch­land­sti­pen­di­um’ scho­l­ar­s­hip sche­me, which has pro­ved to be a ‘win-win-win’ situation!

An ani­ma­ted trio are wal­king around our Gees­te site tog­e­ther. Anja Frit­zen (Advi­so­ry Ser­vices) and The­re­sa Rob­be (Qua­li­ty Manage­ment) are showing Lisa Pad­eff­ke the pro­duc­tion area, lab and green­house. They are exp­lai­ning to her how our busi­ness works and how dif­fe­rent parts of our ope­ra­ti­ons inter­act to crea­te the end pro­duct: a sub­stra­te per­fect­ly tailo­red to each customer’s crop requirements.

Lisa, our visi­tor in Gees­te, is the hol­der of a ‘Deutsch­land­sti­pen­di­um’ scho­l­ar­s­hip. She is taking a look at the various pro­duc­tion pro­ces­ses, lis­tening and asking ques­ti­ons; and, of cour­se, the small group is having a few laughs as well.


The stu­dent was fami­li­ar with Klasmann-Deilmann even befo­re she star­ted her degree. “If you’re stu­dy­ing at Osna­brück Uni­ver­si­ty of App­lied Sci­en­ces, you can hard­ly avoid Klasmann-Deilmann,” she ack­now­led­ges. Lisa is in the fifth semes­ter of her cour­se in Hor­ti­cul­tu­ral Pro­duc­tion. “In my pro­ject the­sis, for examp­le, my focus was on a Klasmann-Deilmann sub­stra­te; I con­duc­ted and eva­lua­ted tri­als using it,” she continues.

In a rela­xed atmo­s­phe­re, Lisa gets to know Bene­dikt Kossen and Ilka Kra­ne of the Human Resour­ces depart­ment bet­ter. The con­ver­sa­ti­on takes off. She’s deligh­ted to have been selec­ted for a scho­l­ar­s­hip. “It’s a nice fee­ling to be sup­por­ted in this way – to know you’ve achie­ved some­thing and to be rewar­ded with finan­cial backing.”

Klasmann-Deilmann has had a coope­ra­ti­ve arran­ge­ment with Osna­brück Uni­ver­si­ty of App­lied Sci­en­ces sin­ce 2014. Lisa is our third scho­l­ar­s­hip hol­der under this sche­me. Our ver­dict: it’s a gre­at initia­ti­ve! Work­place con­ta­cts are desi­gna­ted and the stu­dent real­ly gets to know the­se peop­le. This regu­lar con­ta­ct results in valu­able two-way com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on on the rele­vant sub­ject mat­ter. In a pro­ject or final the­sis on topics rele­vant to us, the uni­ver­si­ty bene­fits from this basic rese­arch and we pro­fit from the prac­ti­cal­ly app­li­ca­ble fin­dings of the­se inves­ti­ga­ti­ons. And, as well as fun­ding and sup­port, we give the scho­l­ar­s­hip hol­der a leg-up on the care­er lad­der. Bene­dikt Kossen (our Head of Human Resour­ces) says: “This is a ‘win-win-win’ situa­ti­on for ever­yo­ne involved.”

Deutsch­land­sti­pen­di­um scho­l­ar­s­hips have been awar­ded sin­ce the sum­mer semes­ter of 2011. This pro­gram­me assists talen­ted and high-achie­ving stu­dents of all sub­jects at hig­her-edu­ca­ti­on cen­tres in Ger­ma­ny. Hol­ders recei­ve fun­ding of 300 euros/month (half from pri­va­te-sec­tor fund­ers and half from the Federal Government). First, the hig­her-edu­ca­ti­on insti­tu­tes sup­ply the fund­ers with (anony­mi­sed) pro­files of sui­ta­ble can­di­da­tes. The fund­ers pick the best match from the­se pro­files and then pro­vi­de the reci­pi­ent with ongo­ing per­so­nal support.