NZAS #2 |New Zealand ASEAN Scholarship Award: My Unexpected Surprise!

Act without Expectations

Inspired by Daily Prompt: Expectation

While most couples expect to receive surprises from their loved ones on Valentine’s Day, I never truly expect that the my mailbox would surprise me with the Scholarship Letter of Offer on February 14! It is sure a great surprise! From now on, I am very much inspired to share about my NZAS milestones in order to inspire other aspiring scholars around the globe.

Coming from a financially challenged family, it has been a ‘ wish upon a star’ to study abroad with full scholarship but nothing is impossible for those who truly believe. Every morning, before I start my work at the office, I would always check international news for updates and current events. One morning, I came across a news article with New Zealand ASEAN Scholarship Award (NZAS) on it. I became interested (since ‘to be a full-time scholar abroad’ was part of my Vision & Goals for 2016). So, I challenged myself to apply for one. It was never easy. I never expected to make it to the end but my heart was at peace no matter what the result be. Thankfully, after several months the long wait is finally over. Indeed, it’s WORTH THE WAIT!!! I GOT THE SCHOLARSHIP! Glory to God. 🙂

April 29: Submitted application
April 30: Received response to inquiry
June  03: Passed the initial screening
June 04: Moved forward to the next stage
July 11:    Took online assessment
August 8: Passed online assessment stage
August 11: Schedule of panel interview
August 12: Submitted supporting documents
August 24: Took the interview
September 23: Shortlisting Outcome (RC)
December 19: Scholarship Team notification
January 31: University notification
February 2: Scholarship Team notification (PC)
February 10: New Zealand Scholarship Letter of Offer

It is not as easy as it may appear. Expect that there are many applicants–many are called, but few are chosen. In response to worst case scenario, Prayer, Planning, Goal-setting, and Research were necessary. I prepared and set specific targets to achieve it step by step. Throughout the process of waiting, I’ve learned many lessons. My character while waiting has been strengthened and I am so glad I have succeeded on the day I  expected the least. When it appeared to be hopeless, pray for patience, peace and joy. Keep moving, DON’T GIVE UP. (Jer. 29:11)

*I hope to help other aspiring NZAS scholars by sharing my personal experiences on my NZAS journey. ^_^ Everybody has a story.


10 thoughts on “NZAS #2 |New Zealand ASEAN Scholarship Award: My Unexpected Surprise!

  1. micahbydesign says:

    Oh you did it! Congratulations for a great opportunity! 🙂
    So happy for you! This is God’s will that you passed! What an amazing God! 🙂

    I applied this for this year’s scholarship. Still waiting for results. Praying fervently for God’s will to unfold. 🙂

    Looking forward to read your experience. God bless dear! 🙂

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  2. JC says:

    Congratulations and thank you very much for sharing!
    I’m currently awaiting the results of the online exam. I was just wondering if you have any idea how they use the abstract reasoning results in the selection process? I’m asking because i failed to finish the exam within the time limit and I’m afraid that it could be a reason for my decline. Thank you for your insights.


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