Papuan Students Share Stories of Struggles and Tips for Achieving KSE Scholarships – Velisita Chersie Paembang, a student at Cendrawasih University, has a dream to help Papuan children in developing their potential. Living and studying in Papua made herself see that many children had difficulty accessing education.

 “I really want to help children in increasing their creativity. Especially children from orphanages in Papua,” said Velisita when interviewed via WhatsApp message, Saturday, August 21, 2021.

Luckily, she had the opportunity to realize her dream through the  Social Scholarship of Project Camp (Base Camp) of Batch 2 . This scholarship was held by the Karya Salemba Empat Foundation (KSE) together with PT Kimia Farma Tbk.

Recipients of the scholarship program which will be held in August 2021-2023 are not only given financial assistance. They will be given soft skills training and internship opportunities. Recipients also have the opportunity to be financed to carry out community service projects that have been designed.

Velisita felt lucky to be one of 30 scholarship recipients  with  a rigorous selection process. The selection process starts from submitting social proposals, focus group discussions (FGD), interviews, to psychological tests.

She shares tips to successfully pass this step. These tips can be used by enthusiasts of similar programs in the future.

“From myself, the tips might be to prepare a social project proposal from a long time ago. So that the content of the proposal is not arbitrary and makes us ready if asked during an interview about our proposal,” she said.

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Expertise in studying other friends’ proposals is also needed as capital in the implementation of the FGD. Because in FGDs, it is necessary to have the ability to elaborate several proposals from other potential recipients into one complete social project.

If the social project proposal is realized, she hopes to be able to fulfill his promise to the land of Papua. She offers the idea about ‚Äč‚Äčeducating the orphanage children in Papua related to sewing skills.

“In addition to bring out the spirit of creativity and entrepreneurship, I also want the children in Papua to be more concerned about the environment by processing used goods by using patchwork as material for sewing,” she said.

Velisita suggested that applicants for this scholarship should always prepare themselves for all series of tests. Not to forget, she also invited all students as agents of change to be active in every humanitarian activity in any form.

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