On Friday 29 September, three second year Saxion students received a Gerard Sanderink scholarship: Kevin Lansink from Oldenzaal (Mechanical Engineering), Loes Kleinsmit from Almelo (Chemistry) and Max Ligtenberg from Enschede (Electrical Engineering and Technical Informatics).

Initiator and founder of the unique scholarships is Gerard Sanderink. The entrepreneur personally awarded the scholarship of 10,000 euros per year. The presentation took place at the new Saxion site START!bySaxion on Ariënsplein in Enschede.

Talented students

Student Loes Kleinsmit is delighted to have the scholarship: "I give extra lessons in chemistry and maths to secondary school children and I want to create a website for them on which they can practise the material. But I first need to learn how to program and that takes a lot of time. The scholarship makes it possible for me to take that time!"
The three winners

Through these scholarships, Sanderink wants to support students at Saxion and Twente University with proven capacities in the field of technology. The scholarship is awarded annually. In principle, it lasts until the end of their studies, as long as their circumstances remain the same. 28 students from Saxion and Twente University currently receive a Sanderink scholarship. In a video, Linda Grafen and Dirk Jonker talk about the impact of the scholarship on their lives.

Gerard Sanderink Foundation
Entrepreneur Gerard Sanderink is the owner of the investment company Sanderink Investments. In this capacity, he heads the companies Centric and Oranjewoud, including Antea Group and Strukton.

Sanderink was born and raised in Twente and loves the region. He launched the scholarship programme with the aim of keeping young, talented students in Twente and supporting their further development. He also works at the Sanderink Technology Centre, an innovation centre aimed at promoting innovations among talented young engineers.

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