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This space is not exclusively for Scranton Scholars! Therefore, anyone who wants to become friends
with Scranton Scholars and build a global network is always welcomed to visit this page.
Feel free to share your ideas, life stories, testimonies, and any updates throughout your studies
and your life with Scranton members and women leaders!

ALWAYS GRATEFUL

Always Grateful Hello, everyone! How are you? I hope you’re doing well. My name is Melinda Werinussa, I am a second-year student at UKDW majoring in Information System. This is my first time receiving the Scranton scholarship. I am very grateful for the wonderful opportunity that has been given to me. To be honest, the assistance provided was very meaningful and truly helped me, especially in the conditions and situation of the COVID-19 pandemic. The current condition is not easy for all of us, including in the field of education. Everything must be done online. Even so, we have to keep trying and be optimistic. At times like this, learning activities including classes, group discussion, and other student activities continue to run even though in a different way. Those activities, which were initially carried out face to face, have to be changed to the online method. Above all, I am very grateful for what I got and I feel happy to be part of the Scranton Women Leadership Center. I realize that everything is not a coincidence but everything has been planned and prepared by God for me and all of us.   Thank you Scranton Women’s Leadership Center, may God's blessings always be with you all. Stay safe and healthy, everyone!  God bless  

  • Melinda Werinussa
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  • Duta Wacana Christian University
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  • 2020 Undergraduate Scholarship

Enjoying God's Presence

 Good results cannot be obtained instantly but I am still in the process of achieving my goals. Hi, I am Erlita now in my 2nd year of English Education Department at Duta Wacana Christian University (UKDW). This my first year after receiving the Scranton scholarship and I want to thank you for bringing the greatest opportunity in my life. This semester is the hardest semester. I have experienced due to the increasing spread of Covid-19 and other situations that make me frustrated. However, I am very grateful to have been through it all because of the presence of God. I would like to share my experiences during this semester and I hope you enjoyed my story.             At first, I was desperate to continue studying because of my family's unfavorable financial condition. My father is no longer working while my mother is a housewife. My older sister is the only one who supports our family. Therefore, my sister could not pay for my studies until finish. Besides, I had symptoms of depression for a while but I tried to get up and think about my future. I am very grateful to be given this precious opportunity by the Scranton Scholarship so I can continue my study at UKDW. I have learned many things from this experience, despite the many obstacles, step by step I have enjoyed the progress.             This semester I joined as a volunteer in one of the office on campus which is the Office of Partnerships and Public Relations (Biro IV). This experience really helps me to develop my communication skills and learn to help others better. Apart from that, I attended several online seminars to increase my knowledge and helped me doing assignments. Another experience I attended several online seminars to increase my knowledge and that helped me with my assignments.. From those webinars, were able to help me a lot this semester because I ventured to take one subject from semester 5, namely Language Teaching Methodologies. At first, I was worried that I could not pass this course. I kept trying to improve my skills step by step and work hard. Finally, I got good results in this class. This semester, I focused on improving my grades to be better than the previous year.             I certainly wouldn't have had this valuable experience without the help from Biro 4 until I got the scholarship from Scranton Women’s Leadership Center. I am very grateful for this opportunity, and I thank the people around me for their full support. Lastly, I would like to say that I enjoyed the step-by-step process despite the unexpected obstacles. I will always try to build a positive mind and work hard to get good results.  

  • Erlita Rosy Evani
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  • Duta Wacana Christian University
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  • 2020 Undergraduate Scholarship

I CALLED IT MIRACLE

 Hello everyone, my name is Sry Mora Yuni Siahaan. I am the student of Duta Wacana Christian University Yogyakarta. I will tell a little bit about my stories from last year. I was in the 7th semester last year. The 7th semester was a difficult semester for me. I have many challenges throughout this semester. Moreover, I needed to work with my final papers chapter 4 and chapter 5. Pandemic was the first challenging that gave a big effect on my life. The first effect was affected my family’s economy. This condition made me having difficulty living or studying like in the normal situation before the pandemic. I needed to control myself to spent money as well as possible. I was so blessed, last semester I got a Scranton scholarship. The scholarship helped me and my family so much. I cannot explain my happiness when I studied without paying anything. The other effect is also for my motivation to learn. Online learning was not easy for me. I am an extroverted student who needed to interact with my friends. Last semester, I was not able to meet with my friends since the conditions asked us to stay at home. Even though that condition was difficult, I always tried to keep walking and to do my best for the 7th semester. At the beginning of the 7th semester, I committed to myself that I will do more than the 6th semester. In the 6th semester, I got a very bad score. It was because I cannot control myself. I was too worried about the pandemic. My family was the first reason I built my motivation to learn. They always supported me every day. That was why I tried to keep my motivation when I remembered them. The other motivation was also coming when I knew that I did not pay anything this semester. When I felt depressed cause of my study or my assessments, I remind myself to say thankfully for the scholarship.  I also joined one organization. Even though, all the activities were online. I and my friends still did it well until the end. The organization is PMK on my campus. I got many new experiences from that organization last semester. I never thought I and my friends can do well the online worship. It was the first time; we arranged online worship. Not only new experiences from my organization, but I also got many new experiences from my study in the 7th semester. The first new experience was I taught an online class. I taught one of the senior high schools in Yogyakarta. Even though it was challenging for me, I was blessed to have my class. My students were different since they were special needs students. I never met this kind of student. I thought online learning was not suitable for them. Some of them cannot stay in front of the laptop for a long time. Because of the condition, I tried to find some strategies to teach them in the online meeting. The other new experience was I collected data for my final paper online. I conducted my research through observation and interview. It was my first time doing it online. The condition was different from the offline observation and interview. Internet connection was the important thing that I needed last semester. So, these are all the activities that I can do last semester. I was blessed I still have the opportunity to continue my study until the end. I have tried my best effort for last semester. Finally, I found that my effort gave the same result. I can get a better score than the 6th semester as I want at the beginning of the 7th semester.

  • Sry Mora Yuni Siahaan
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  • Duta Wacana Christian University
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  • 2020 Undergraduate Scholarship

NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE

Hello Everyone! My name is Keren Kezia from Universitas Kristen Duta Wacana Indonesia. This time I will share a story how I received the Scranton Scholarship 2020/2021 and how it affects me. At the beginning of 2020, as usual, everyone will have a resolution, the goals and desires that they hope will come true. At that time, one of my main goals when I entered the new year, was to receive a scholarship to ease the burden on my parents. Thank God, in February 2020, the registration for the Scranton 2020/2021 scholarship was opened, then I tried to register. Feelings of doubt and insecurity dominated my heart and mind but I always carried it in my prayers of every wish because I believe God will definitely open the way. After I submitted every file I needed, it was time to take the English interview test, starting with a confused and unsettled feeling. But when I was called and entered the room, I felt that I got calm and could answer all questions well. The registration period is over, at that time I really hoped that one of my early year's resolutions could be achieved this year. But soon, the world is hit by a very deadly and dangerous virus, namely the Corona Virus (COVID-19) which had a profound impact on the education sector and the Indonesian economy. So that all campus activities are temporarily stopped and turned into an online system. the announcement of the 2020/2021 Scranton scholarship was also temporarily delayed. As I was waiting for the announcement, I continued to pray and asked for support from my parents through prayer. At that time, my family condition had greatly declined due to Covid-19 pandemic. I could only gave all my worries to God. Until one day, I got the information that I was selected as one of the recipients of the 2020/2021 Scranton Scholarship., At first I didn't believe it but it was true. My name was listed as a recipient of the scholarship. How wonderful God. My prayer and hope was heard and granted. At that time I felt that nothing was impossible for Him when we continued to believe and surrender our live and hope in Him. Since I was receiving the Scranton 2020/2021 scholarship, I felt that the responsibility I hold right now is bigger than before. It really motivates me to study hard and be more productive even in the midst of a pandemic like this. During this pandemic I participated in several webinars on information technology security topics. I also started internship preparation in a company because I will soon enter that stage. I hope that I will continue to maintain this achievement because I am proud to be a recipient of the Scranton scholarship. Thankyou Scranton Scholarship!

  • Keren Kezia
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  • Duta Wacana Christian University
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  • 2020 Undergraduate Scholarship

A Kartini Image in My Family

  Hi everyone ! I’m Vivin, a student of Duta Wacana Christian University. I have been through a lot in my life to get to this stage, and I believe that the series of things that I have been striving for until this moment is the best opportunity that God has provided for me. There is nothing more joyful than seeing my parents happy with my own efforts. Especially from the initial situation when I entered college until now, a lot of turmoil and the efforts I have made to lighten the burden on my parents, but it's still not enough. However, I am very grateful that God is still with my steps with real certainty, which even when I almost gave up because of financial problems that might not be able to continue studying in the 5th semester onwards, it turned out that God gave me hope through this scholarship.   I was born on April 21, which is the anniversary of Kartini's day. Kartini is a woman figure who never gives up fighting for women’s equality so that both men and women can get the same education they deserve. I am sure that this is not just a beautiful coincidence from God, but a momentum that reminds me that I am the image of a "Kartini" in my family who must also strive for the best education for women, that is myself. I am very grateful for this opportunity and take this chance to be actively involved in various campus activities to learn more about soft skills and leadership. I involve myself in the committee, organization, and academic activities on campus. Such as being involved in BPM FTI (Student Representative Board of the Faculty of Information Technology) organization as an Aspiration Coordinator, which there are several projects that must be led and realized suggestions from FTI students. Also we help each other for 1 year (2020) to covers the weaknesses of other divisions. Beside that, as the Coordinator of Sponsorship, Publication and Public Relations at the SICD 2020, my team managed to get a very satisfying achievement with quite a large number of sponsors and media partners, even unprecedented. I am really satisfied with my division’s work especially me, which maybe very tired of looking for funds and support to run this event. But as the saying goes "effort will never deceive the results", and it works for us. God enables everything that is impossible to be possible.   I know that my faith in God will never disappoint me and is always on time. I have faith in Him and let Him work in my life. I am waiting for the big things that God has prepared for me to be processed even more. And what I believe is that I will not be able to rely only on myself, I need Him to guide and bless my every step in the future. Jeremiah 17: 7 "Blessed are those who rely on God, who put their hopes in God"  

  • Vinanda Kristianti
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  • Duta Wacana Christian University
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  • 2020 Undergraduate Scholarship

Work in God’s Field

Hello Everyone! I wish you all in good condition. I’m Gabrielle Maya, you can call me Maya. I’m a student majoring in Product Design at Duta Wacana Christiant University (UKDW). 2020 is certainly an unusual year for all of us. Everything just changed in a sudden way. And so am I. Due to the corona virus, many sectors have been affected by this pandemic. However, there are a lot of blessings in 2020. One of them is for me to receive Scranton scholarship.With the help of Scranton, I could help my mother to lighten my family’s financial burden,, even more during this pandemic, which is very impactfull financially. Along with the acceptance of this scholarship, I also got the chance to  work as a student assistant in my department. In my department I have jobdesk to help the implemention of  a program, called MBKM, It is a new program, which facilitates student to be able to study independently. Honestly, I felt worried at first, afraid of not being able to work proffesionally, afraid of not being able to manage the time between works at the faculty, helping my mother’s job and also at my study. Sometime I also envy my friends who could finish their task faster than me, and sleep early, but one thing that I must not forget, that is to be grateful for everything that I got.  There is a saving, everything just getting harder if all we do is just complaining, and it hit me and reminds me of what my mom said. My mom once told me to always doing anything sincerely, because whatever that we do, our “boss” is God. Then I realized, God has given me lot of blessings, the lecturers who are very kind and take a good care of me while working, I also learn to be more responsible, to be more sociable, and to be able to work in team. I realize that whatever the jobis, we need to put our heart into it, working hard, and we will have lesson to learn from it. Rather than, complaining, it’s better to give our best effort.At the end of 2020, the  MBKM program was done and can be submitted successfully. I’m so happy, gratefull and feel relieved, finally the climax of all, that has been fought for together, has arrived.By the way, Happy New Year, Let’s continue our journey in 2021.Wishing you good health and happiness always. God Bless.

  • Gabrielle Maya
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  • Duta Wacana Christian University
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  • 2020 Undergraduate Scholarship

Study Enthusiasm During Pandemic

Hello everyone! My name is Paulina. I am a student of Duta Wacana Christian University majoring in accounting. Currently, I'm in the 5th semester. I'm proud to be one of the Scranton Scholarship's grantees in my university. In this economic instability because of Covid-19 pandemic, I was helped by the Scranton Scholarship and very thankful for this opportunity. In this semester, our campus had to conduct full online learning to reduce physical contacts with other students or staff. This is a special occasion which never happened on our campus before. Reducing physical contacts will accelerate the national recovery from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. The challenge in this online learning is, sometimes it makes you busier than offline learning because we have been assigned tasks more than the offline one. In my opinion, the most important thing in supporting online learning is good communication. Without good communication, goals will not be achieved or misunderstandings may occur. To achieve good communication, we could do it by listening and respect each other's opinions. This online learning does not reduce my enthusiasm for study.  I keep trying to do my best and try to enjoy learning with my friends. I also remain passionate to teach others because that is my integrity as a teaching assistant.  This is one of the most interesting experiences for me. By becoming a teaching assistant, I could recall what I have learned in the past, improving soft skills, and being responsible. It is an honor to be able to help fellow colleagues and underclassmen to understand the lesson taught by the lecturer more.The effect of the Covid-19 pandemic, I can't meet face to face with my colleagues and lecturers on campus. Also, my volunteer work is being affected. I can't do my usual work, because I'm not in Yogyakarta. I decided to go back to my hometown early on when the Covid-19 pandemic just happened in Indonesia.I am participating in several internal campus organization activities. In one of my organizations that I had joined, I was the leader of Kamadhis Duta Dharma (KDD) which is a spiritual organization. In my spare time, I tried to engage with my fellow colleagues through an online platform to share our concerns and it helps us a lot to reduce our stresses and have open discussions. The challenge is the difficulty to find the right time to gather all my fellow KDD colleagues.Last but not least, I hope this Covid-19 pandemic will be over soon so that our life can go back to normal again. Stay safe and stay healthy everyone.  

  • Paulina
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  • Duta Wacana Christian University
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  • 2020 Undergraduate Scholarship

Finally I'm Graduated

Dear Scranton Women's Leadership Center, Thank you very much for choosing me for your scholarship program. It's really an honor for me. How are you guys? Now is a difficult time for all of us, I hope we can get through this difficult time together.   I want to share about my long journey. Finally, I have finished my education at The bachelor level. There were a lot of hard days during this time but in the end, I got through it well, because many people around me helped. The Scranton scholarship has also played a big role for me, especially financially during this pandemic. Currently, I have worked in a distributor company as a junior tax accountant, this step will take me to the next stage to start a career. I try to do everything well and will develop myself in the future. Even though my previous goal was to become an auditor, but now I am an tax accountant. I am not disappointed and I am very grateful for the work that I got and maybe this is the way God has prepared for me. My graduation during this pandemic had made me feel confused and worried about the future, where many people were fired from their jobs to reduce the salary expense, so I thought that it would be difficult to get a job. But God gave a different plan than what I was worried about, I thank God that I can get a job during this pandemic. I feel that God has really seen and heard the hard work, prayers, and everything that I have prepared so far. Everything I prepared during college was not in vain. Everything is not about what I want, but about what I will get. Not all the things I want have to happen instantly, many roads lead to Rome. For me, what I get now is very valuable and will be useful in the future. I will live my days well and develop myself and have a good impact on the people around me. I also hope that this pandemic will end soon, and things return to normal.  

  • FRANSISCA ALICIA
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  • Duta Wacana Christian University
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  • 2020 

Silver lining is REAL

20/20 is said to be the perfect vision for an eyesight.Thus, when year 2020 came, it was seen as a great year to make our plans, goals and vision happen. But suddenly---the world stopped. We hit our rock bottom. Plans, goals and dreams for many were put to a halt. COVID-19 pandemic silenced the world, but not our FAITH and our HUMANITY. I learned that maybe, this is God’s way of telling us to pause for a moment. He had to cancel all of our own perfect plans and visions to tell us, “Child, I have BETTER plans for you.” And so He does.  Mary Kate Desiree A. GarciaThird year, Bachelor of Arts in Communication Miriam College Philippines  Hi! Mary Kate, MK or Marikit. These are how other people would  call me.  I am not born rich and my family lives a simple life, but regardless of that, I always look for the stars---literally and metaphorically, no matter how thick the clouds are. My family is the sacred reason why I learned to dream bigger than myself. This reason  pushed and inspired me to strive harder and to dream bigger than myself.Grades, medals and achievements are not my strongest caliber. The people who supported and believed in me are. They are my inspiration to give more and be more. These people are my strongest caliber, a beautiful reason to rise every time I fall. They are the beautiful promise of hope to this enduring, little girl.I would like to introduce myself as “I am the child of God.”I am a child, where my origin is the strongest force of the universe called God, thus, I believe that all is possible with the authentic and deepest desire of this little girl as well, in service to our HUMANITY----because she is a child of God. Being chosen as one of the Scranton Scholars when I applied last year, 2020, has been my SILVER LINING. Carrying the name of my country with me as I write this essay reminded me that I am surrounded with other great women from different places in the world who thrive to champion their power “within” to share to the world. I am very much honored and grateful for being able to continue my study despite these trying times of pandemic with the help and trust of Scranton Women’s Leadership Center in my capabilities as a woman and as a scholar. For that, I am forever grateful to all the amazing people behind this program who ignited hope to those who needed it most.Several years from now, when my hair turned to gray and when my oblivious memory comes to its birth, remembering 2020 would be, I think, one of my most unique and strongest years I lived. There might be silent battles I faced just like the others, but remembering that I was given the opportunity to be  a Scranton scholar during this difficult time helped me endure and kept me going because I know that this scholarship is God sent. Because I know that this scholarship is a string of hope that I don’t want to waste. Because I know that this scholarship can make me capable in the future to give the help that I can’t give yet now.Being a Scranton Scholarship recipient especially during this unprecedented time of a global health crisis makes this specific stage of my life journey strong and unique. It is both brave and beautiful that it filled my heart with authentic and deep gratitude. Learning and pursuing  to be a warrior in the middle of being a worrier has been part of my journey as a Scranton scholar.  COVID-19 pandemic is not a label for the past year. It doesn’t define us, but what we continuously think, believe in, value and do during this challenging time does. Frank Ocean aforesaid, “Work hard in silence, and let your success be your noise.” This has been part of my life principles. The noise that I aspire to make is something that could give a substance to my being, to my family, to our humanity and to the universe. To all the women reading this, let me tell you that I am proud of you. In every crisis, there is an opportunity. To all the scholars who made it the past year, let me tell you that, you are promising, you are brave and that you are truly capable.  As a student who shares in household chores at home, and who stands as the eldest in six children, I encourage you to look for possibilities, develop your potential, see how yourself grow from this situation, take this opportunity to know who you really are, be resourceful on the things and the situation that we have. Let’s grow together with a positive mindset! Recognize pain, but don’t ever forget to recognize your silver linings.     Drop here!

  • Mary Kate Desiree Garcia
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  • Miriam College
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  • 2020 

Keep Our Spirits Up!

       Hello everyone! My name is Abigail. I am a senior student majoring in Biotechnology at Duta Wacana Christian University (UKDW). I hope that wherever we are, we’re still in a good condition. As we know, 2020 has passed and now we are in 2021. Maybe we’re tired of hearing and have no clue about what the pandemic and vaccines are going to be, but at least we have one thing to be grateful for. Yes, that one thing is our health. If you read this article when you are in good health, then be grateful! Besides health, the thing which I’m grateful for is getting this Scranton Scholarship that helps me so much in this pandemic year. I want to thank God, Scranton Scholarship Committee, also the Office of International Affairs UKDW for giving me such a valuable opportunity this time. Of course, it gives me more passion and motivation to finish my study well. From early 2020 until now, my classes and lab-works during my 7th semester were done online. Even though it sounds easy, online classes are quite challenging as it is harder to understand the lesson. Even worse, the online practicum left me confused and overwhelmed at the same time because I must understand what I don’t do in the laboratory. However, I still can handle it because of God’s help. In that situation, I also do an internship program at Balai Besar Kerajinan dan Batik (BBKB) Yogyakarta, participate my faculty’s project from DIKTI Indonesia, volunteering at the Office of International Affairs UKDW, join the service-learning program (KKN) from campus, and not forget to serve God as a worship leader in my church. With all the rush, I worried about my courses scores, but once again thank God I passed my 7th semester well.  As time went by, I realized that God taught me something. It’s about keeping our spirits up! With all the pressures and challenges, many people lose their spirit to do many things because of this pandemic or other reasons. Maybe they think they’re impossible to do, their plans wouldn’t give much profit, or they are just too lazy. Sometimes, it’s not easy to keep our spirits up and we can lose our spirit whenever, but the sooner we rise, the sooner we will achieve what we want. If we keep our spirits up and think positively, I believe that God will open the way for us. Let’s keep our spirits up! 

  • Abigail Nyoto
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  • Duta Wacana Christian University
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  • 2020 Undergraduate Scholarship
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