Lottie Maramis Scholarship

AIA CommBank Indonesia Scholarship

Applications for the 2017 AIA Commbank Scholarship are now open. Please scroll down for further information. Applications will close on August 3, 2016.

Bahasa Indonesia Courses

Seymour Shaw Fund

Edward Seymour Shaw was President of the Australia Indonesia Association during the early 1960s. He was a successful businessman, and was active within Rotary and in the Sutherland Shire Council of which he was President for several years. The Seymour Shaw Park in Miranda, home to the Sutherland Sharks Soccer Club, was named after him. He had a passion for Indonesia, and on his death in 1968, he bequeathed a small fund to the AIA to promote Indonesian studies in NSW. This fund has become known as the “Seymour Shaw Fund”. 

AIA President Edward Seymour Shaw with the Indonesian Ambassador and a visiting ship’s captain in 1961

  • The AIA over recent years has been building the fund through its fundraising activities. For many years the fund has provided prizes for the “Kompetisi Siswa” (students competition), for NSW students submitting artwork with an Indonesian theme. This competition is organised through the NSW Education Department.

AIA presenting a cheque for Kompetisi Siswa

  • If you would like to help us promote the study of Indonesian language and culture, please support our various activities. You can also make a donation by transferring to our account as follows:

“Lottie Maramis” Indonesian Scholarship

The Lottie Maramis Scholarship is named after our Patron who was involved with the AIA since 1945 until she passed away in 2012. The scholarship is a $200 cash reward for each Yr 12 student who tops their year in Beginners, Continuers or Extension Bahasa Indonesia. There is a total of $600 is prize money.

AIA NSW will contact the winning students after the HSC Bahasa Indonesia results are announced.

A time will be scheduled to present the winners with their award at a school event.

AIA CommBank Indonesia Scholarship

The Australia Indonesia Association Commonwealth Bank Scholarship for High School students is an intense 2-week, expense paid immersion program in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The Scholarship aims to reverse the decline in Indonesian language studies in Australia by providing students with an unique in-country experience.

The AIA Commbank Scholarship 2017 program will run from January 2 – 13, 2017.

We appreciate the support of our major sponsor, the Commonwealth Bank.

The Scholarship takes place in Yogyakarta, Central Java, Indonesia.  The students will stay in a homestay with an Indonesian family, the classroom component is held at a leading university and there are  supervised missions into town to practice what they have learnt. The students will develop important life skills, a deeper understanding of our nearest neighbour and have the experience of a lifetime.

We encourage students of all skill levels to apply.

The course is delivered by the Australian Indonesian Association of Victoria (AIAV) and is designed by Mr Tata Survi, who leads Indonesian language study at various schools in Australia. AIAV, through the IndoAustay program, has been running successful Indonesian immersion courses in Yogyakarta since 2007.

The immersion course will be attended by paying students from Victoria in addition to the two NSW scholarship winners. Unsuccessful candidates may consider joining the course on a paying basis. For more information visit:


“I LOVED everything about my experience … I could not have believed what an impact two weeks has made to me personally and academically.” Patrick Gleeson, Glenwood High School, 2016 program

“The scholarship had a large impact on my life and I will be forever grateful for it. I got an amazing insight into the beautiful culture and my confidence with speaking Indonesian improved dramatically. I honestly believe that I now have 2 families – my Australian family and my Yogya family.” Amy Tilling, Woolooware High School (Open High School), 2016 program

From Mr Geoff Coates, Chairman, Commonwealth Bank Indonesia: “Education is an important pillar of Commonwealth Bank’s social responsibility programs. We employ over 2000 people in Indonesia and we are very supportive of this great initiative to improve understanding and engagement with Indonesia.”

Who can apply?

NSW High school students in Y 10 or Y 11 (Beginners, Continuers and Extension) who are studying Bahasa Indonesia.  Students from all schools are welcome to apply – Public, Independent and Catholic. This year two students will be selected.

Eligibility criteria:

  • NSW Student in Yr 10 or 11 who is studying beginners, continuers or extension Bahasa Indonesia.
  • Ability in Bahasa Indonesia. Note: All levels are encouraged to apply.
  • Intention to continue with Indonesian language studies.
  • Engaged with the wider school and community in a range of activities.
  • Maturity, determination.
  • Interest in being a cultural ambassador.
  • Open to sharing experiences via a blog or diary or blog and promoting the study of Bahasa Indonesia.

How do students apply?

  • Apply online by August 3 –
  • Download and complete the Consent Form and email to by the closing date. This will need to be signed off by the school principal.
  • Shortlisted candidates to complete a Skype interview with AIA NSW.


It includes a return flight Sydney-Yogyakarta, assistance to travel to Sydney if required, homestay with an Indonesian family, 2-week language course, meals and per diems. Passport, travel insurance and visa are excluded.

How to apply:

1) Complete the application form via our Survey Monkey form that will be online in a few weeks

2) Complete and return the CONSENT FORM 2017 – AIA CommBank Scholarship to

Key dates:

June 22  – Applications open

August 3 –  Applications close

August – Shortlisted candidates interviewed

End August –  Winners announced

November – December – Orientation session, connect with families in Yogyakarta

January 2017 – Immersion program

For more information:

Michael Kramer    Education Subcommittee   Australia Indonesia Association NSW


Melanie Morrison   Education Subcommittee  Australia Indonesia Association NSW


Batik making

Batik making







Congratulations to the three (3) scholarship winners:

  • Ciaran Gilling – Chatswood High School / Open High School, Year 11:

  • Evie Knight – Woolooware High School, Year 11

  • Taneesha Saward – St John the Evangelist Catholic High School, Year 11

They will be off to Yogyakarta in January for a 2 week intensive language program, living with local families and experiencing the local culture.

Many thanks to Commbank and to the Australia Indonesia Institute for supporting the scholarship program.



Bahasa Indonesia Courses

WEA Sydney is a leading provider of adult education in Australia. They offer courses in languages, humanities, communications, business and IT. Importantly for AIA members, they offer a $30 discount on their Bahasa Indonesia (Beginners and Advanced) courses. All you need is an email from AIA confirming your AIA membership to obtain the discount. Check out the WEA website for more information on the courses.


Educational donations

If you would like to help us promote the study of Indonesian language and culture, please support our various activities. You can also make a donation by transferring to our account as follows:

Australia Indonesia Association of NSW

BSB: 012-327

Account: 2418  30232

Unfortunately such donations are not tax deductible, but the money does go to a worthwhile cause. When making a donation please mention “Seymour”.