For the academic year 2019-2020, we have selected five new students for the Heliconia Scholarship. Welcome Clara, Gracia, Reza, Labi and Rizky! Clara grew up in Hati Suci shelter and is now studying Psychology at the Tarumanagara University in Jakarta. Gracia also lived in Hati Suci shelter and is now enrolled in the major Pharmacy at Pancasila University. Reza, Labi and Rizky are the first young men to study with a Heliconia Scholarship! We are glad to welcome them, because we want to support ambitious youngsters of all genders. The young men grew up in Vincentius Putra shelter, and now study Industrial Engineering, Law and Chemical Engineering at Tarumanagara University and Pertamina University. All new students graduated from high school with excellent grades and are very motivated to continue studying in tertiary education. Click on their profiles to read more about them.
In December 2019, cooperation partner Naomi Indah Sari will become our first fulltime employee, after having been a volunteer since 2012. This ensures that we have the carrying capacity to have this many new students in our program. Selecting the right candidates requires lots of time and care. Just as guiding and supporting students during their studies. We are therefore glad to soon have Naomi in fulltime charge. Additionally, our current students and graduates are getting more involved in these processes. This year, all students and graduates came together to discuss the selection of the new candidates and to share their insights on this topic. Since all our students grew up in shelters, they know the specific challenges and needs in studying when coming from a disadvantaged social background. We are therefore glad that all members of the Heliconia Community were involved this year. We intent for our community to grow even more committed in the upcoming years.
We wish all the best to the new students! And many thanks to the current students and graduates for their help!
Picture above: all Heliconia students and graduates together: Clara, Gracia, Sherly, Susanah, Susi, Yemima, Vana, Sefta, Veronica, Naomi, Reza, Rizky and Labi.