Würth Education Award entering round three Award for future-oriented Economics school projects

Künzelsau. For the third time, the Competence Center Economic Education of the Charitable Würth Trust is inviting secondary schools providing a general education to send in applications for the Würth Education Award 2008/2009. Günther H. Oettinger, Minister President of the federal state of Baden-Württemberg, has assumed patronage of the Würth Education Award. The deadline for applications is 31 July 2008.

Unlike many other awards, the project honored is not something that was completed and carried out in the past, but the aim is to reward an innovative concept with a business connection which the respective schools plan to implement in the following academic year. It seeks to convey knowledge on economic processes and connections. In addition, the participating students are to advance in their personal and intellectual development by planning and developing processes through independent work within this project.

The applicant suggestions are assessed in accordance with the following main criteria: promotion of the students’ economic expertise, innovative concept, project planning, transfer and sustainability as well as evaluation and quality management.

Two Hauptschulen (five-year secondary schools preparing students for vocational qualifications), two Realschulen (six-year secondary schools preparing students for apprenticeships) and two Gymnasien (grammar schools preparing students for university) are admitted to the Würth Promotional Circle, which entails professional advice and financial support up to EUR 5,000 for the project implementation. At the end of the project phase, the Competence Center Economic Education will present the Würth Education Award, including EUR 12,000 in prize money, to the best among those six projects and hand over the “Oscar Fasty” trophy. After the project has been concluded, the students remain in the Würth promotional circles for another two years and get a chance to participate in networking.

The schools honored in last year’s Würth Education Award developed very varied projects: One group cultivated its own vineyard and marketed the products; another group assumed responsibility for the room service in a neighboring assisted living project for seniors.

Detailed information on the competition as well as information surrounding the Würth Education Award 2008/2009 are available from the Competence Center Economic Education:

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c/o Stiftung Würth
D-74650 Künzelsau
Phone: 07940/15-2092
E-mail: kompetenzzentrum@stiftung-wuerth.de