The unrelenting delta variant of the Covid-19 pandemic causes the death case increase. From the Ministry of Social (Kemenkes) data, there are 11.405 children whose parents died due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Recently, the children have become orphans. Responding to the situation, Universitas Muhammadiyah Surabaya (UM Surabaya) provides a scholarship to high school graduates.
Ma’ruf Sya’ban, the Vice-Rector of Student Affairs, Innovation and Human Resources, highlighted the pandemic, which is not over yet; solidarity is the primary key to the nation’s strength. Whatever the condition, he expected that the children should continue studying at school.
“The children are the national asset, therefore UM Surabaya provides a scholarship for the high school graduates whose parents died due to the pandemic. We named Insan Berdaya Scholarship. I hope that it gives the children way to be an independent and dignified generation,” Makruf said, as reported on Monday (09/08).
Afterwards, Ma’ruf explained that the students who received the scholarship would be exempt from the building and tuition fees from the first year to the final. This decision was given for the students figuring the expenses but only focusing on the study.
Radius Setiyawan, the Head of the Institute for Information and New Student Enrolment (LIPMB), explained the detailed student enrolment process with the program similar to the previous 12 top programs of UM Surabaya. What is different is the requirement aspect for the students whose parents died due to Covid-19 with the attachment of a statement letter of the Chief of RT/RW.
“The new student enrolment process of Insan Muda Scholarship was officially opened until 31 August 2021 by the filling of online form in the official UM Surabaya site, collecting files, and conducting online test and interview,” Radius said.
Further information about the scholarship registration could be accessed on the website: um-surabaya.ac.id and could be consulted at 085852446337 (WA/Phone).  Public Relations of UM Surabaya / Diktilitbang