Hi, I am Emmylou Cortez Nicolas from the Philippines. I graduated last 2016 with a degree in Bachelor of Science in Biology. I had been awarded a government scholarship from the Department of Science and Technology, that's why I was able to finance my study very well. Currently, I am working as a Special Science Teacher 1 at our local Senior High School.
However, my dream of studying abroad and pursuing a Master's degree is still lingering. So, I decided to apply one in Australia with the help of Options Education Agency (OEA) and, luckily, I was given an offer at the University of Adelaide (Australia) for a Master's degree in Biotechnology (Biomedical). I was also given a 15% scholarship. Though i was given a 15% off my tuition, it wasn't enough. The international fee for Master in Biotechnology is 40,500 AUD.
With 15% off, it will only be = 34,425 AUD for one whole year of study.
= 17, 212.50 AUD for each semesters
My family was already able to cover the partial payment of semester one which is 9000 AUD.
= 17, 212.50 - 9,000
= 8,212.50 AUD (will be my outstanding balance)
My offer is originally to start on February but I already asked the university to defer my offer to July 2019 (Semester 2) so I can still have sometime to save up for the remaining tuition fee.
My monthly income from teaching here in the Philippines is very minimal which will only be enough for the Student VISA, OSHC (Overseas Student Health Cover), Medical and flight ticket.
So I am asking your generous heart to please support my studies so I can work as a Biotechnologist someday. My father had already put up all his savings for my studies, and it is still not enough unless a miracle will happen by 2019. My 5 sisters are counting on me. With this degree, I can find a good job and help my family financially. And when I go back here in the Philippines after my studies, my gained knowledge would be of great help in the scientific field.
(I never really thought I would be qualified to study a Master's degree abroad. It was already a miracle that I got in. My family was ecstatic when they heard the news. I will be the first member of our family to ever study abroad. It would be a great leap for our family. However, financial capacity is the only thing the separates me from my dream. )
Thank you for reading this long story of mine. :)
Hope you have a good day.