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Hi, my name is Abigail Auman, a Medical Student from the Philippines.
I am currently studying at Davao Medical School Foundation, Inc. (DMSFI) as a 3rd year Medical Student. My undergraduate degree was Bachelor of Science in Nursing in which I graduated as a Cum Laude in 2017 and passed the Philippine Nursing Licensure Exam of the same year. Before I continued to study Medicine, I first worked as a Registered Nurse for a year to earn money for the necessary requirements. Because of my great academic records, and a high NMAT score of 93%, I got accepted in DMSFI as a Full Academic Scholar.
My parents run a small neighborhood store that they started in the ’90s in which it was our primary source of income. Both of my parents weren’t able to finish a 4-year course in college, but they were able to give my brother and I an opportunity to finish BS in Architecture and BS in Nursing, respectively. Coming from a family with a low income, I was aware that being an RN here in the Philippines cannot help me provide for my family in the long run. I was advised to pursue Medicine instead in which scholarships are available, especially for potential students who couldn’t afford to pay. It was a careful decision that I had to make, knowing fully that my parents (both already 64 years old) can no longer support my education due to their old age and that my brother was still struggling to find a good-paying job as an Architect. Among all the Medical Schools that I got accepted into, DMSFI was the only school that offered me a full scholarship. I enrolled in Medical School with no financial support and was holding on to the free tuition fee with a monthly allowance of Php 5,000 (around $97) all from my scholarship grant.
I was able to survive during my first year in Davao City, which is very far from my home in Butuan City. I was very motivated and I did very well during the first semester. It was until the pandemic first happened in 2020, where we were forced to stay in our boarding houses to study online. I was able to sustain good grades in some subjects, but I was unable to achieve the maintaining grade required by my scholarship. A couple of scholars were removed from the full scholarship, including me. But the scholarship committee was able to accommodate us into a “Partial Scholarship” where it only covers half of our tuition fee and almost half of our usual monthly allowance.
To be able to continue my studies, I had to apply for loans just to be able to pay off half of the remaining tuition fee, estimating Php 60,000 (around $1175.03), and afford necessities for online classes such as a stable internet and cellphone load for extra data. Now all of my allowance money goes to paying the monthly bill for my loan. Luckily, I am staying at my parent’s house in which I don't have to pay rent or buy food. But unfortunately, our small business went downhill as well at the height of the pandemic. My parents are now dependent on their Pension as senior citizens, and my brother’s work is affected by the pandemic as well. I have been applying for loans twice already, and the recent one amounting to Php 43, 000 (around $842.11) will not be fully paid until August of next year. I can barely pay my debts, and I am afraid that I couldn’t attend face-to-face classes starting January 2022. I will have to utilize my allowance given by the school, currently at Php 3,000 per month ($58.75/month), for my daily expenses living in Davao City. With a very limited budget, I believe that the remaining few months as a 3rd-year student will be a struggle for me.
Even with all these limitations, I am very hopeful that I could get my MD degree in 2023. My heart is for helping patients who cannot afford good medical care here in the Philippines. It is hard being unable to seek medical care due to financial limitations, and choose to carry that burden just to continue providing for their families with what they can earn. I know because I have lived among these people.
I hope that good people can find my story on this page and can help me wholeheartedly. Any contribution is much appreciated! If you are willing to sponsor me for my monthly allowance (daily allowance + lodging) of Php 5,000 ( around $100), it would be a great help!
I am very hopeful of passing this obstacle and making my family proud by finishing a degree in Medicine!
Thank you in advance and God bless!
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UPDATE as of 1/4/21Update posted by Abigail Auman at 10:04 am
Thank you for your help. Your donations are still on hold due to PayPal safety precautions since I have created a new account under my name. Thank you so much!