Boeckh Foundation

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The Boeckh Foundation was a foundation established in 1857 in honor of the philologist August Boeckh . It was founded by more than 170 colleagues, friends and students of Boeckh with start-up capital of 2966 thalers on the occasion of Boeckh's fiftieth doctoral anniversary and was intended for students of classical philology at Berlin University .

The capital was originally 2966.15 thalers when the letter of foundation was signed. After approval by the King of Prussia (order of April 11, 1857), Boeckh laid down the statutes of the foundation, the capital of which had meanwhile grown to 3,119 thalers.

During the inflation of 1923 , the foundation lost all of its capital.


In the version of 1857 the following statutes were established:

  1. The foundation supports one, if possible two, classical philology students during their studies at the Berlin University, regardless of religious belief, home country or place of birth. However, Prussian citizens should be given preference.
  2. The foundation's fund is the start-up capital, which can be increased through grants and savings if necessary. The fund is invested with interest.
  3. An annual grant of initially 120 thalers, later if possible 150 thalers, is paid out of the fund. If the fund increases accordingly, smaller scholarships can be awarded.
  4. The foundation's curator (August Boeckh) is in charge of the foundation for life. After his death, supervision passes to the director of the philological seminary (the oldest professor in terms of ancestry ).
  5. The scholarship will be awarded for one year from October 1st.
  6. The curator has the right to propose. The proposal must be approved by the academic senar and the rector.
  7. Copy about the award of the large scholarship.
  8. The scholarship may only be awarded to students in the 2nd to 8th semester.
  9. Provisions on the qualification of the scholarship holders.
  10. The scholarship is paid out in half-yearly installments.
  11. Completion of the scholarship: At the end of the year or in the event of special occurrences: death of the scholarship holder, unforeseen departure from the university, relegation, concerns of the curator about the moral conduct of the scholarship holder.
  12. Changes to the statutes can be proposed by the curator, the philosophical faculty, the senate or the rector. They are decided by the Senate and the Rector after consultation with the Curator.