Student Stories and Profiles

 Reflections on their scholarship by Yayasan Goodwill International students

Wishu Hardi (Sept 2005)

Wishnu's father retired from the state radio agency since 1981; his mother is a homemaker. 


Before receiving a Goodwill scholarship Wishnu worked  as a   freelance  translator to fund his living expenses and received free tuition, by working as an administration assistant of the library department at his school. Wishnu graduated in 2005. 

"For some, joining Goodwill’s Leadership Program is an opportunity. But for me, joining Goodwill is the best gift that I ever had. It is a fact that sponsors, Goodwill’s staff, and other Goodwill students have transformed me to be a better and more educated person.

I have gained many experiences during participation in Goodwill’s various activities, and realise that finishing my undergraduate education is not the end. It is a start to make some other achievements in my life.

Since I joined Goodwill 3 years

ago, I got new energy that is motivating, encouraging, enlightening, as well as raising my optimism about the way how to survive in life. It is because of Goodwill's significant contribution, that I have passed my final theses examination and finally accomplished my study."

Muhamad Syafril (May 2004)  comes from Bangka Island. His father is a tin miner and his mother a homemaker.

The eldest of four children he graduated in 2003 from UI School of Dentistry. In 2002 he was awarded the 2002 National Student ward for academic excellence. 

"Aside form the financial support, the scholarship training program provides a platform for sharing between students with a similar background...the program also provides role models...the sponsors, the trainers, they're an inspiration. They just give and don't want anything in return.


 My father said to me, "I can't give you anything..." (meaning no money, no land) "...except an education."  He was the one who urged me to go to Jakarta and to go as far as I could with my education. He didn't want me to become a tin miner like him.

Akbar Meirio (May 2004) aged 26, comes from Sukapura, North Jakarta. His father, now retired, was a gatekeeper art the Port Authority PT Pelindo, his mother a homemaker. He  worked for Toshiba for 2 years before studying International Relations at UI.

Before he got the Scholarship he supported himself by fixing electronic appliances. Last year Akbar was awarded the dean's prize for the best cumulative GPA: he is now in his final year.

Akbar is shown in the middle, leaving Indonesia for further studies abroad.