Orangutan Caring Scholarship
The Orangutan Caring Scholarship (OCS) was established in 2006 as a joint program of OUREI (Orang Utan Republik Education Initiative), whose President is Gary Shapiro, and the Sumatran Orangutan Society (SOS). The purpose of the program was to award talented and needy Indonesian students in Sumatra with tuition funding, allowing them to attend postgraduate programs in forestry and biology. Through the program, recipients would develop an understanding of the plight of the orangutan from the perspective of the non-governmental organisation. They would then graduate as an advocate of orangutan conservation when entering the government workforce. The collaboration between OUREI and SOS has allowed this scholarship program to expand each year to include a larger number of recipients.
The Orangutan Caring Scholarship is open to Indonesian students in North Sumatra seeking tuition funds for forestry or biology school. One of the requirements of the applicant is to make an effective presentation to a review committee about their research plans. In addition, recipients are to work with SOS in learning about the orangutan and its plight, and in helping present the information to students in local schools. The scholarship money provides for multi-year tuition expenses as well as the write-up of the student’s thesis.
TOP is fully funding twelve Orangutan Caring Scholarships.