Jakarta (ANTARA) - The National Alms Agency (Baznas) has launched a scholarship program for two thousand underprivileged students, high-achieving students, and young student activists as part of the utilization of zakat (alms) funds managed by the agency.

"We want to take part in preparing quality human resources since Indonesia will enter a human resource competition that will be quite tough in the future," head of Baznas, Noor Achmad, said at the launch of the 2022 Baznas Intellectual Scholarship program, which was accessed from here on Thursday.

The scholarship program aims to improve the nation's intelligence, which will have an impact on increasing family welfare and offer benefits to the community, he added.

The program is in line with Baznas' vision, namely improving the welfare of the Muslim community.

He expressed the hope that students who become mustahik (beneficiaries) of the program would become muzaki (alms givers) in the future.

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Baznas official Saidah Sakwan informed that the agency has collaborated with 65 universities under the Ministry of Education, Culture, Research and Technology and 33 religious universities under the Ministry of Religious Affairs, including universities under Islamic organizations Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) and Muhammadiyah, to offer the program.

The scholarship will be provided to undergraduate students at Baznas partner universities pursuing majors such as computer science, medicine, psychology, nursing, pharmacy, engineering, accounting, statistics, zakat and waqf (Islamic endowment) management, communication, and education.

Students seeking to get the scholarship must meet the minimum GPA requirement of 3.00. Those who have national and international level achievements will be prioritized for the scholarship.

To register for the scholarship program, students must submit several documents such as a registration form, ID card, family card, a certificate from the nearest mosque administrator, and a transcript of the latest GPA.

Under the program, a maximum assistance of Rp2.7 million for college tuition will be provided during each semester and will be given for four consecutive semesters, deputy II of Baznas, Imdadun Rahmat, said.

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Translator: Asep Firmansyah, Raka Adji
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