Your support for the new scholarship “Dream NEW”

Dear Professor Ellinas,

I’m the founder and executive director of the Initiative for Transparency in Educational Grants (ItS – Initiative für transparente Studienförderung), a non-profit organisation. We’ve established a new scholarship programme, the «Dream NEW” Scholarship, and we need your help to get the word out about it! I’d be very delighted if you could inform the students in your faculty about this new programme, for example, on your homepage, via social media or your e-mail list, etc. Supporting the programme won’t take you much time, and if needed, I’d be more than glad to send you templates (for newsletters, PPT slides, text suggestions for homepage/ Facebook/ brochures, etc.) which have been designed to assist you.

The programme is part of our initiative focusing on the issue of scholarships, apart from the promotion of the elite. The «Dream NEW” Scholarship supports students who are open-minded, have a sense of adventure and are ready to realise their dreams. Altogether, 8 scholarships with a total value of 60,000 € will be awarded. Each scholarship facilitates a semester abroad at one of New Zealand’s eight universities. More details about the scholarship programme can be found here:

Sending out a signal to others to encourage the founding of similar programmes is a goal we’ve set for ourselves. With a large pool of applicants, it will be easier in the future to expand the programme and to convince partners to create more placements. Throughout the EU in 2015, we were able to award (international) scholarships with a total value of 120,000 € (an increase of 900% in comparison to the previous year). Our aim is to surpass the 1-million-euro mark for awarded scholarship funds by 2017 at the latest, and this is a goal which we can only achieve together as well.

If you would like to help us in aiding students to pursue their education without financial worries, I would be very pleased to hear from you.

Feel free to contact me by e-mail or telephone if you have any questions.

Thank you very much!

Yours sincerely,

Mira Maier

About the Initiative for Transparency in Educational Grants:
Our initiative wants to help students in financially challenging situations finance their studies. We educate through our informational work about scholarships (for instance, debunking the popular myths that they’re only for extremely talented and dedicated students) and the scholarship platform which we’ve created,, has already received numerous accolades. Quickly, simply and free of charge, students using the platform can find those scholarships which match their curriculum vitae. The matching process allows information in the user’s profile to be matched to a database of 12,000 scholarship programmes with a total value of 27 billion euros. The European Funding Guide was supported by the European Commission and every year the platform helps millions of students search for scholarships. More than 8,000 supporters throughout Europe are already aiding us in our work.