Orang Utan Republik Foundation Launches Student Scholarship Program To Educate Indonesian Youth To Save Critically Endangered Orangutans

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The Orang Utan Republik Foundation (OURF), in conjunction with The Orangutan Project, is proud to announce the launch of their Student Sponsorship Program, a gifting platform that enables people to easily support OURF’s Orangutan Caring Scholarship (OCS) by becoming a Guardian and helping to save critically endangered orangutans in Indonesia.

This life-changing program has already awarded 172 multi-year scholarships to deserving Indonesian students attending university in the fields of biology, forestry, and veterinary science. Nearly 100 scholarship recipients have already graduated, with many now working for nonprofit organizations supporting orangutan survival.

“It is critical to involve local people in conservation efforts,” OURF Director Dr. Gary Shapiro explained in a statement to WAN. “The new Student Sponsorship Program will keep the OCS thriving in the years ahead.”

Potential donors can learn about six exceptional students who represent the entire scholarship program. The students were nominated by implementing organizations that locally promote and manage the OCS. The six students are pictured below.

“When you sponsor a student, you will receive a student biography and an e-Certificate of Guardianship,” continued Shapiro. “You can also follow your student’s progress as they submit periodic updates on their matriculation.”

Glen

Ilham

Riyan

Patterned after the orangutan adoption programs, funds collected by this program will be used to support all of the students who are receiving fiscal support.

The Orang Utan Republik Foundation (OURF) was formed to save critically endangered orangutans from extinction by supporting, coordinating, and facilitating conservation education, outreach programs, and other innovative collaborative projects in the species’ host country of Indonesia. Established as the Orang Utan Republik Education Initiative in 2004, OURF received its foundation status in 2007.

OURF seeks to transform the attitudes, values, and beliefs of local Indonesians who impact wild orangutan populations in culturally appropriate ways such that they become the caretakers of the species and their rainforest habitat

For more information about the OCS program, visit the Orangutan Caring Scholarship Program HERE!

Those interested in becoming a Scholarship Guardian, CLICK HERE!

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