We are START!
START is not a classical refugee care organization; we support pupils with migration background coming from low-income families. But 67 % of our current fellows already are refugees, numbers increasing every year. START is not only an educational project but also an integration project and in parts a social project.
Full scholarship as part of the START scholarship program includes:
assistance with career and study orientation, internship, job search, seminars, field trips to companies & public institutions, regional workshops
monthly allowance (100€/month), additional funding (700€/year) for language courses & field trips with school, laptop & internet
counseling & companionship
Individual coaching & mentoring, legal support, social counseling,
START-scholarship for talented students with migration background.
The scholars share a determination for their own education, are socially committed and have an outstanding personality.
They participate in social/community activities or perform volunteer work in their schools. Living in a precarious financial situation, crowded living conditions or missing parental support makes it hard for them to unfold their full potential or cover their expenses in school.
But the START-fellows have the courage to take these challenges and actively shape their own lives and the world in which they are living.
START supports students and young adults with a migration background on their way to the “Matura”.
The program supports the scholars on this way and helps them to make good use of their talents. With providing long term support for young immigrants START works on the vision of fair access to education, social interaction and solidarity in the Austrian society.
Currently we support 147 students from Vienna, Upper- and Lower Austria, Salzburg and Vorarlberg and 465 alumni.