Registration for Jakarta Intercultural School’s (JIS) premier scholarship, Bhinneka Tunggal Ika (BTI), is officially open, with virtual roadshows set to start this November to promote the program among state schools across the country.
“We are excited to start our search for a new batch of future leaders to join us in the 2022/23 academic year,” says JIS Interim Head of School Maya Nelson. “The BTI holds a very special place in our community as it further strengthens our ties to Indonesia in a way that can make a profound difference — especially in the lives of the recipients.”
Named after Indonesia’s national motto, Unity in Diversity, the BTI provides outstanding Indonesian students the opportunity to pursue their passions and explore their potential at JIS with a fully funded, globalized educational experience. The scholarship is valid from the moment they arrive at JIS until they graduate, and includes the cost of school fees, learning materials, transportation, and additional examination fees. Up to three scholars are chosen each year based on their exemplary performance in academics, sports, the arts, and social outreach.
“We are looking for students who share our school mission to be Best for the World, which is all about striving for excellence in order to make positive changes for others,” Nelson says. “As a former student of JIS, I can attest to the first-rate learning opportunities scholars receive at our school and the many amazing memories they will cultivate within our multicultural community.”
The scholarship is open to Indonesian students currently enrolled in a state junior high school (SMPN) or state high school (SMAN).
Each year, the search for a new batch of scholars starts with a roadshow led by JIS administrators and members of the JIS Scholarship Committee. A digital shift in 2020, spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic, meant the roadshow was able to virtually expand beyond the capital. As a result, the 2021/22 application season drew 413 candidates from across the archipelago — a significant increase from just 24 during the program’s debut in 2018. While a majority were from Jakarta and the island of Java, interest also poured in from as far away as Aceh, Maluku, West Papua and Papua.
In total, nine students have been part of the scholarship program since its launch in 2018, joining JIS from Jakarta, Central Java, East Java and Bali. The two inaugural recipients graduated in June this year and are continuing their learning journey at universities in Europe and Canada — one of whom secured a scholarship to complete their bachelor’s degree.
“This season, we hope to reach even more schools and more students with our virtual BTI Roadshow, which will comprise a series of live-streams broadcast from our Cilandak campus in South Jakarta,” Nelson says.