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Encouraging and rewarding outstanding performance.


Passed. With distinction.

To encourage and reward outstanding performance, the Frank Hirschvogel Foundation awards prizes for the best graduates:

Manfred Hirschvogel Prize

Since 2013, the Manfred Hirschvogel Prize has been awarded by the Frank Hirschvogel Stiftung for the past year's best dissertation.
This prize is awarded annually at the TU9 universities to doctoral students in mechanical engineering and economics.
In addition to the rating "summa cum laude", excellent doctoral theses provide innovative, trend-setting results for practice and research.

The Manfred Hirschvogel Prize is awarded in memory of Dr Manfred Hirschvogel.
The visionary and former managing family partner of the Hirschvogel Group led the company to worldwide success as a supplier to the automotive industry.

In addition to a certificate and prize money, the award winners receive an award in the form of a heart bearer, an essential symbol in the Hirschvogel company.

Graduate Award

Bachelor degrees

At the Gera-Eisenach Cooperative State University, the Frank Hirschvogel Foundation annually awards the best Bachelor's degree (in business administration and technology). The "Frank Hirschvogel Foundation Award" is presented at the Eisenach campus during the graduation ceremony and the presentation of certificates.  


The Frank Hirschvogel Foundation concentrates its activities on regions around the locations of the Hirschvogel Group. Therefore, the non-profit organisation is active internationally at educational institutions. Abroad, graduates of the following schools/universities are awarded:

Poland - Gliwice

  • Górnoslaskie Centrum Edukacyjne (GCE)
  • Zabrzanskie Centrum Ksztalcenia Ogólnego i Zawodowego im. prof. Sylwestra Kaliskiego (Zentrum der allgemeinen und beruflichen Bildung - ZCKOiZ)
  • Zespól Szkól Techniczno - Informatycznych (ZSTI)

Mexico - San Juan del Río, Querétaro

  • Universidad Tecnológica San Juan del Rio (UTSR)
  • Colegio Nacional de Educación Profesional Técnica del Estado de Querétaro (conalep)

USA - Ohio, Columbus

  • Otterbein University (OU)
  • Columbus State Community College (CSCC)
  • Ohio State University (OSU)

India - Pune

  • Technological University (COEP)

Outstanding school-leaving qualifications

The Frank Hirschvogel Foundation awards cash prizes to graduates with the best school-leaving qualifications at its partner schools in Bavaria and Thuringia.
Schools in Bavaria 
22 secondary schools and grammar schools in Kaufbeuren, Buchloe, Marktoberdorf, Germaringen, Schongau, Landsberg, Steingaden, Fuchstal, Kaufering and Schondorf. 
Schools in Thuringia 
Nine regular schools, grammar schools and a vocational school in Gerstungen, Marksuhl, Berka/Werra, Bad Salzungen and Eisenach.