Honouring Mr Koijmans, our greatest donor

The Heliconia Scholarship Foundation is here today, because of Mr Koijmans, our most special donor.

He included our foundation in his will in 2013. He wanted his legacy to contribute to the development of higher education in Indonesia, the country where he was born. The Heliconia Scholarship Foundation is the only foundation in the Netherlands that focuses exclusively on university education, so we were lucky to find each other!

After a wonderful first meeting in 2012, the choice was quickly made. Over the years, our board members have regularly visited Mr Koijmans and maintained good contact with his business representative.

On October 13, 2015, just after his 90th birthday, Mr Koijmans passed away. Last week, Naomi, our Head of Student Affairs in Indonesia, visited the board in the Netherlands. She and operational manager Carli Kooper visited his grave, to pay tribute to him.

We are very grateful for Mr Koijmans' special gift. Because of his dedication to us, we have a strong financial foundation and are able to offer many youngsters the opportunity to study at university!

Would you like to become our next special sponsor? Go to Sponsors for more information!


Carli is our operational manager and founder of the Heliconia Scholarship Foundation. She is responsible for the daily management of our charity, upkeeps our administration and oversees the whole. She is also the contact person for our cooperation partners Naomi and Mili and students in Indonesia. In addition, she created the website and writes news updates. Learn more about her by clicking on her profile in Our Team!