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Riady Family Creates Scholars Fund For Students from Indonesia and Southeast Asia

Dear USINDO friends,

The Riady family has pledged $1 million to fund Indonesian students to study for Masters degrees at Teachers College, Columbia University.  We are passing this information to our USINDO mailing list and on our website for dissemination to Indonesians who may be interested in applying.

For more information, please see the press release from Teachers’ College, Columbia University, below.   We encourage onward dissemination of this release.


The US-Indonesia Society


Riady Family Creates Scholars Fund For Students from Indonesia and Southeast Asia

 The $1-million scholarship fund will support up to three Master’s or Doctoral students annually from Southeast Asia or Indonesia to study at Teachers College

NEW YORK, NY – The Riady family has pledged $1 million to fund scholarships for students from Southeast Asia and Indonesia to study at Teachers College, Columbia University. The Riady Scholars Fund will provide support over 10 years for up to three Master’s students annually, to study at the College. Recipients will have demonstrated strong leadership, an interest in and knowledge of teaching, education management, or educational policy of Indonesia and Southeast Asia.

The Fund will provide full tuition plus room and board annually for qualified recipients, for an annual fellowship of $70,000 per year, per student. Once a student is selected, funding for the fellowship would renew for a second based on the student’s program of study at TC.

Recipients of the Riady Scholars Fund will be selected by the College’s Admissions Office and fully subject to TC’s rigorous admissions process. The first awards will be made for the academic year beginning September 2012, and recruitment for scholarships will begin this fall.

“The College had about 65 applicants last year from Southeast Asia, primarily from Singapore,” said Tom Rock, executive director of Enrollment Services. “I think this gift will help us to attract even more applicants.”

The Riady family, which supports education worldwide, has contributed to Teachers College’s Annual Fund, manages the largest private education foundation in Southeast Asia covering nearly 40,000 students, and gave $1 million to the Columbia University Global Center in Beijing.

Teachers College, Columbia University, is the oldest and largest graduate school of education in the U.S. and also perennially ranked among the nation’s best. Affiliated with Columbia University and standing on the border of northern Manhattan, the College focuses on education in and out of the classroom and across the human lifespan.


Thomas P. Rock

Executive Director, Enrollment Services

Teachers College, Columbia University