More than 100 Papuan students, who had been awarded full scholarships to study at top universities in Java, have discovered their places are at risk as the Papua administration claims it has no money to fund their travel costs.
The Jakarta Post reports the limited funding claim has been questioned as recently elected Papua Governor Lukas Enembe and dozens of regents and officials are slated to fly to Hawaii this week, at the taxpayers' expense.
The students comprise a second batch of 208 students who received scholarships from the central government this year.
The provincial administration had agreed to cover their travel expenses from the Indonesian province to their respective universities.
Neither the Governor nor the Papua administration spokesman could be reached for comment.