This year, for the 15th time, students from the Stuttgart region can apply for the Daimler-Byrnes scholarship and spend a school year in the US. The Byrnes scholarships are organized together by the German-American Center/James-F. Byrnes Institute, the Forum Region Stuttgart, the company Andreas Stihl, IHK Stuttgart and Daimler. The program has sponsored a total of 63 students since 2002.
The Daimler-Byrnes scholarship is aimed at young people from the Stuttgart region who wish to improve their English or experience how everyday schooling in the US works as a route to acquiring important intercultural skills. The five students for school year 2016/2017: Clara, An Janna, Konrad, Cora, and Noah are very much looking forward to their US trip. They are already curious about American fast food and high-school sports.
At Daimler, internationalization and coexistence with different nationalities is a daily reality. We promote interculturality in all areas – including at school. The earlier people get the opportunity to experience life abroad, the better," says Katrin Adt, responsible for HR development and services at Daimler.
Applicants are selected in an interview process in which making a personal impression matters most. The students are then nominated for the Daimler-Byrnes scholarship. The American Field Service (AFS) then makes the final decision on who receives the scholarships. This nonprofit association promotes youth exchanges and intercultural learning across all borders.
James Francis Byrnes, the program's namesake, was US Secretary of State from 1945-1947. His famous "Speech of hope" held at the State Theater in Stuttgart on September 6, 1946 set the tone of future US policy on Germany.