First of all, thank you for your time and clicking this page.
My name Is Audrey Tuzan and I am originally from Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia. In 2014, I was offered to do a 4-year PhD at the University of Tasmania (UTAS). I was very fortunate to receive a 3 years scholarship which covered my tuition fee and living allowance.
During my first 3 years, I tried my very best to complete my study during these periods. However, due to some circumstances which were beyond my control (my experiment failed halfway through my research), I failed to complete my study within the time frame and therefore, I needed a 1-year extension in order for me to complete my study.
I tried to apply for scholarship extensions from my sponsor but unfortunately, my application was rejected and I ended up using all my savings (including my superannuation savings), taking a personal loan and doing several part-time jobs in order for me to pay my outstanding tuition fees and living expenses during my 4th-year candidature. My parents could not give me any financial support since my mother is a full-time housewife and my father is a retired government employee. Same goes for my siblings as they have to feed their own family. I have also contacted my supervisors to seek financial aid, but due to university research grant restrictions, they could not help me to pay-off my outstanding fee.
In February 2018, I finally submitted my PhD thesis on Wednesday, 20th June 2018. I received an email from UTAS informing that my thesis corrections have been approved and now I am in the process of obtaining the Academic Senate approval. I am expecting to graduate this coming August. However, in accordance with the university graduation rules, all outstanding fees (AUD $2,488.95) must be paid before Friday 29 June 2018. But, due to financial hardship, I am unable to settle the outstanding fee within the time.
This graduation is very important for my career as an academic and I am hoping that I will be able to attend a very important meaningful graduation. It would be my honour to have your support towards my dream!
Once again, thank you very much for taking your time to learn about me, and for considering contributing for my graduation. I really appreciate your support and may God bless you with your kindness and generosity.
If you want to know more about my PhD research, please click this video link
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