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According to a survey launched by the German Ministry of Education, 28% of the scholarship holders have a migration background in their family. In 2014, 22.500 students benefited from the scholarship. About 50% of them have non-academic parents. The scholarship is granted to talented and socially engaged students and rewarded with 300 EUR per month of which 150 EUR come from private sponsors such as companies in the region. It exits since 2011 and so far 61.500 students have benefited from it, with private sponsors contributing a total of EUR 61.5 million so far.