In 1958, the companies Henkel & Cie GmbH and Persil GmbH established the Dr. Jost Henkel Stiftung. It was launched to mark Dr. Jost Henkel’s 25-year anniversary of working at Henkel & Cie GmbH, the company established by his grandfather Fritz Henkel.
Arising from Dr. Jost Henkel’s personal convictions and social awareness, he founded the Dr. Jost Henkel Stiftung for the purpose of providing economically disadvantaged young persons an opportunity to gain the best possible education. Despite being highly talented, children from low-income families were often unable to start an academic education because their families did not have the necessary financial resources.
Since then, his wish has been fulfilled a thousand times over. The foundation has financially supported the academic pursuits of young people for more than 50 years, helping provide equal opportunities and equitable access to higher education institutions worldwide.