The Jakarta Post
(Antara/M. Risyal Hidayat)
Abdul Karim is the first in his family to go to college.
The father of the 22-year-old died when he was in junior high school; his mother farms a small plot in his hometown of Cirebon, West Java. His three older sisters only finished junior high school. Some are currently migrant workers.
Coming from a poor family, Karim was once uncertain about his future. At school, he was smart, getting top grades and even entering an international class for talented students in high school. “There were 25 students and we started at 6 a.m.,” Karim said.
One day, a fellow graduate of his high school told Karim to apply for the Etos scholarship given by alms agency Dompet Dhuafa.
With his friends in tow, Karim traveled to Dompet Dhuafa’s offices in Bandung, West Java, and applied. Now, he is in his seventh semester at the University of I...