The DAAD-Stiftung takes over its first very own Stipendien-Patenschaft - and you can, too.

Ipeleng Leerzeile schmal

Ipeleng Kgatle is a music student from South Africa. She is majoring in singing at the Mannheim University of Music and Performing Arts.
The aspiring opera singer is fellow of the very first Stipendien-Patenschaft (individual scholarship) by the DAAD-Stiftung.

Generally, generous sponsors decide to donate  a respective amount of money for a certain purpose: a Stipendien-Patenschaft for a student who fits certain criteria. Prof. Dr. Ulla Johansen is one of these Stipendien-Paten who combine their donation with a concrete intention. During the studies and well after, she is part of the student's life whose studies are supported thanks to her donations.

For the sake of completeness, it shall be mentioned that you can of course also support the DAAD-Stifung without free (of a concrete purpose) donations.This is what e.g. Dr. Wolfgang Knapp does, who leaves it up to the foundation what his monetary contrebutions are being used for.

There are similarly generous sponsors, though, who decide to give money to the DAAD-Stiftung free of a specific purpose. After having reiceived a certain number of those donations the DAAD-Stiftung decided d turn them into yet another Stipendien-Patenschaft. The DAAD-Stiftung is proud to have found a worthy student to receive this fellowship.

Ipeleng Kgatle shares her story with you as a "narrative" in order to give interested sponsors an insight into what it feels like to be granted a scholarship from private money being donated by a "real person" and what a unique experience studying in a foreign country is.

Ipeleng Leerzeile

Live before becoming a DAAD-Stiftung's Scholar

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Even as a child Ipeleng Kgatle knew that she wanted to become an opera singer. When she was in 9th grade some singers for the Opera Africa came to her school and introduced the kids to the world of opera. Right after that Ipeleng joined the chruch choir.

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Studium und Lernen

DAAD/Lohmann

It is for her singing studies that Ipeleng was awarded the scholarship. It is of importance to the DAAD-Stiftung, though, that international students learn the German language, too, while being in Germany.

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Germany through the eyes of an international student

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Ipeleng Kgatle originates from South Africa. Not only the German landscape is a new experience to her. She also had to find her way in a comparably little town like Mannheim and figure out about the typically German ways in fields such as administration, shopping or spare time.

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What does the future hold?

DAAD/Lohmann

"My everyday career goal is to always live up to my maximum potential. My goal is to also take the opera world by storm through sharing my talent and the knowledge I have acquired in my studies."

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Ipeleng Kgatle und die DAAD-Stiftung

DAAD/Lohmann

Ipeleng Kgatle is the first beneficiary who is sponsored directly by the DAAD-Stiftung. This scholarship and the insight Ipeleng gives on her time in a foreign country as an international student was created to inspire possible Stipendien-Paten (sponsors) to consider taking over a Stipendien-Patenschaft.

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