Beasiswa Sobat Bumi Pertamina (Pertamina Friends of the Earth Grant) has announced 285 recipients of the 2020 grants. They are students from 25 universities nationwide.
“After conducting a selection process involving experts, practitioners and academics as judges, we’ve named 285 students who were qualified to receive the grants,” Pertamina Foundation president director Agus Mashud S. Asngari said in a statement on Sunday.
The grants are aimed at bright students who are excellent in academics, have a vision and are concerned about environmental issues.
“For the 2020 grants, 50 percent of the recipients are those who really need financial assistance and are affected by COVID-19. It was a challenge for us to select the 285 students out of 6,848 applicants due to their respective potential,” said Agus.
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Student Arsalan Umar of Pertamina University said he was excited to be named a grant recipient in the Sobat Bumi program.
“It is time for me to conquer challenges, to grow even more and to inspire as well as motivate other young people. Thank you Pertamina and the Pertamina Foundation for the grant. I hope more students receive such support,” Arsalan said on Monday.
This year, Sobat Bumi offered three types of financial support for students on regular bachelor’s degree programs, in affirmation programs and vocational programs.
The aid falls under the PF Prestasi program, which belongs to the Pertamina Foundation, launched in 2011. The 2020 scholarship received online applications between April 18 and May 5.