iSTEPup for health creates chances for young and motivated students with insufficient financial funds to become a healthcare professional. We will do so by offering scholarships for studies to become a nurse, midwife, doctor and pharmacist. We put our utmost efforts to make basic healthcare accessible for everyone in a sustainable way. The foundation iSTEPup strives for transparency and self-reliance.


iSTEPup for health is convinced that improving education is the key to the development of a country. That is why we strive to reach a world where young underprivileged people are given equal opportunities to become a healthcare professional. We promote the important value of tertiary education and want to reduce the large drop-out rate after secondary education in order to build up local capacity in healthcare and indirectly invest in the local economy.


Primary objectives 

  • Provide scholarships to international underprivileged students with the ambition to become a healthcare professional (nurse, midwife, doctor of pharmacist).
  • Reducing the incidence of drop-out after secondary to tertiary education.
  • Support potential students through the local infrastructure for education and training in their country of origin.
  • Ensure that at least 95% of all donations are used to finance scholarships through transparent methods.
  • Directly contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals number 3 (good health and well-being), number 4 (Quality Education), and number 8 (decent work and economic growth).1


 Secondary objectives

  • Increase awareness of people living in high income countries about the educational system in other countries, about the global high incidence of drop-out after secondary education, and how they can help to fight this at a local level.
  • Indirectly support the Sustainable Development Goals number 1 (no poverty), 5 (gender equality), and number 10 (reduced inequalities).1
  • Work together with local institutions, partners including NGO’s with similar objectives, and other educational foundations or charities.



  1. United Nations. Sustainable development knowledge platform. 2015. Accessed on December 1st, 2017. Available at: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdgs