The Jakarta Post
Beasiswa Pertamina Sobat Bumi (Pertamina Friends of the Earth Grant) has shortlisted more than 500 candidates for this year’s Pertamina Foundation grants. The candidates are set to carry on with interviews in the next stage of the selection process.
“We’ve learned that many of the top achieving students, both academically and non-academically, are genuinely concerned about environmental and social issues. The high quality of most applications is due to such values.
“We therefore did our best in shortlisting the candidates in order to deliver the grants to the most suitable ones,” Pertamina Foundation president director Agus Mashud S. Asngari said in a statement on May 9.
Sobat Bumi is offering three types of financial support this year, with the shortlist consisting of 275 candidates for the regular bachelor’s degree grant, 222 candidates for the affirmation grant and 49 candidates for the vocational studies grant.
The aid falls under the PF Prestasi program, which belongs to the Pertamina Foundation, launched in 2011. This year, the scholarship received online applications from 6,848 students between April 18 and May 5.
In the upcoming interview phase, the candidates are to make their cases before six judges.
The judges are Pertamina Foundation advisory board chief Heru Setiawan, supervisory board chief Narendra Widjayanto, advisory board member Syahrial Mukhtar, actress and education and women’s empowerment activist Dian Sastrowardoyo, Tjitra and Associates founder and managing partner Hora Tjitra, HOPE Worldwide Indonesia senior adviser Charles Ham and The Jakarta Post editor-in-chief Nezar Patria.
“Through the Pertamina Friends of the Earth Grant, we expect the students to become future leaders that are capable of collaborating to find solutions for social problems,” said Heru.
Dian, who is passionate about equality in education for women, said she hoped the grants would help create wise and hard-working women.
“The scholarship can contribute to the future of women. There are many women who do not have enough money for their education, but they do have dreams. They are the hidden gems [...]. I am looking for bright Indonesian women who are independent, talented and have the ability to bring themselves and Indonesia to a better place,” Dian said.