Riyan has been taught to be an independent individual who honoured great values in life by his family which has brought him to study at one of highly reputable universities in North Sumatera. It has also allowed him to encounter priceless experiences, one to name a few is to live far from home seen by him as a chance to develop resilience and sincerity within the society.
Riyan is actively involved in several campus activities and organizations. He is the founder of “Ecoprenuer Forester” an organization that focuses on entrepreneurship in utilizing scraps in the from of unused newspaper to produce assorted economically-priced crafts and facilitating the media promotion for ecotourism in North Sumatera. He is also involved in Social Environment Forestry department in his university where they have been successfuly conducting environmental collaboration programs with governmental and non-governmental parties. Riyan is part of the “Outstanding Student Academy of North Sumatera University” - an organization that focuses on university education and motivation to leverage student achievement. Other than campus activities, Riyan is actively contributing to his community by working in a team to build an integrated information system and platform that provide and manage village information.
Receiving the Orangutan Caring Scholarship since 2018 was a dream come true for Riyan, he believes that the scholarship is not only a God-given blessing but also as a responsible for him to be able to contribute to the forest conservation and by mean giving back to the Indonesian society. Since then, he has won several achievements such as: the First Outstanding Student from Faculty of Forestry University of North Sumatera, Runner up for the best paper in outstanding student selection (university level), 1st winner and 3rd winner of National Paper competition from Padjajaran University in West Java, Top 7 finalist Gajah Mada Competition from University of Gajah Mada in Central Java, the best presenter of National Paper competition SGM 8 from Brawijaya University in East Java, 2nd runner up of the National essay competition from Faculty of Forestry University of North Sumatra, 2nd runner up of the National essay competition from Rain Forest Faculty of Forestry University of North Sumatra, top 10 National essay competition from the Faculty of Health University of North Sumatra and the Finalist National essay competition BIOEXPO Jambi University.
Being part of the scholarship program is not only has given him the opportunity to continue his studies but also allow him to gain field experience from learning from on-field practitioner and the opportunity to network with the other scholarship recipients to enhance his knowledge regarding orangutan conservation, restoration and many more.
By sponsoring Riyan you are helping fund local Indonesian students to further their careers in biology, forestry, environmental science or veterinary science - building capacity of young scientists and contribute to sustainable development within Indonesia and the world.