Australia Awards Story

The Australia Awards Scholarships are more than just a qualification, they are a life-changing experience.



Photos shared by our Australia Awards alumni: Amina Lim, Charles Vega, Kim Panuncialman, Isa Lee, Jace Alacapa, Paula Tuyor

Photos shared by our Australia Awards alumni: Amina Lim, Charles Vega, Kim Panuncialman, Isa Lee, Jace Alacapa, Paula Tuyor

My Australia Awards Story

Australia Awards alumni share fondest memories of their scholar life in Australia and highlights of their Australia Awards journey.

Kritzia Santos

Master of Social Work, 2013
University of Melbourne

Iona Mapa

Master of Education, 2019
Monash University

Life of a Filipino scholar in time of Corona

Filipino scholars share stories that move them during the global pandemic.


Filipino scholars share stories that move them during the global pandemic.

2020 Bonilla Marnylle Photo.jpgMarnylle Bonilla, vice president (internal), FASTCO

Master of Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Swinburne University of Technology

"I've witnessed the good things that the filipino community has taken part during this crisis particularly to those international students who are struggling. This is where FASTCOVic Execomm decided to share the organisation's funds to students, gather other donations through our survey conducted and work hand in hand with other organizations including the Philippine Consulate in Melbourne. It was overwhelming and many have donated food packs, adopted international student (those who cannot pay their accommodation) and provided financial help to struggling Filipinos. It was inspiring and very heartwarming to see many people making a difference no matter how small their deeds are. "

2020 Almoite Christine Photo.jpgChristine Bernadette Almoite

Master of International Development Practice
Monash University

"We have provided immediate emergency assistance to those Filipino students who are most in need through the provision of $30 grocery e-vouchers that can be used for food. It is heart-warming to see firsthand how the uniquely Filipino Spirit of Bayanihan – virtual and physical - works."

2020 Magboo Mike Photo.jpgMike Ranel Magboo

Master of International and Development Economics
Australian National University

"In these trying times of COVID-19, various stories of Filipinos helping Filipinos cope with this global pandemic, in whatever way possible, have been a testament that bayanihan spirit is very much alive. Filipino students and the Filipino community here in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and in Australia show that bayanihan should not stop when you leave the Philippines, instead bayanihan is an opportunity to come together for our kababayans in these challenging times.
In my university, the Australian National University (ANU), the Australian National University Filipino Association (ANUFA) Executive Committee has organised Bayanihan Para sa Bayan project and raised a total of AUD 1,570 from the donations of students and Filipino community in ACT. The fund was used to purchase 35 boxes of three-ply face masks for the healthcare workers of the Ilocos Training and Regional Medical Center."

In this time of crisis, stories of kindness, resilience and courage matter. What bayanihan stories have you experienced, seen, or heard in and outside your university during the COVID-19 global pandemic? Share your story with us. We'd love to hear from you.

What's your Australia Awards Story?

Share your photos, videos, blog posts, and achievements while living your best life in Australia!

Share your photos, videos, blog posts, and achievements while living your best life in Australia!