College Scholarship Program

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As funds are available, AASMB will award Scholarship(s) to the local school of enrolled college student(s) majoring in any Asian Language or Field.  Awards are given based on 50% Scholastic Achievements, and 50% Financial Need. Please contact us for an application. We appreciate any donation you can give to our Scholarship Program. 

2019 MIIS $3000 College Scholarship Winners

Tananaugh Espinoza-Huang



Tananaugh (Tana) Espinoza-Huang is a 2nd year MAIPD  (Master of Arts in International Policy Development) student at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS). Originally from San Antonio Texas, she graduated with a B.A. in Japanese from the University of Rochester and spent five years in Fukushima, Japan before starting at MIIS, where she studies Migration, Trafficking and Human Security. In her final semester, she is co-writing a paper on migrant detention in Japan with Professor Tsuneo Akaha. She is a member of MIRA (MIIS Immigrant Rights Association) and the Chado Urasenke Tankokai Monterey Association for Japanese tea ceremony. 

Wendy Liu



Wendy Liu is a Chinese immigrant who was surrounded by Chinese scholars as she grew up. From this foundation, her Chinese and later American educational environments broadened her language into multilingual communication skills having a depth shaped by multi-cultural insights. She has been teaching Mandarin imbued with Chinese culture in the San Francisco Bay Area since 2013 and has worked as a freelance interpreter and translator for institutions in various medical, judicial, governmental, and educational domains. With the purpose of improving her language skills and professionalism, Wendy joined the Teaching a Foreign Language (TFL) program at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey (MIIS) last year. With one year of graduate school behind her already, both the MIIS academic and extracurricular opportunities have greatly improved her academic knowledge and language skills as well as her abilities in formal and interpersonal social life.  In time out of class, Wendy is interested in joining the rich and colorful events in art and culture at MIIS and in the greater Monterey area where she is especially interested in dancing.

Sara Paliga



Sara Paliga a master’s candidate at the Middlebury Institute for International Studies (MIIS) for International Education Management, with Japanese as her language of study. She is very excited to be completing her degree requirements in Hikone, Japan in the Fall, 2019 semester with the  Japan Center for Michigan Universities. Education has been her primary focus and passion since 2006 when  she received her bachelor’s degree in English education at Colorado State University with a Japanese minor. It was during her study abroad program at Yamagata University that she realized the power of educational international exchange. Since then, she has taught English in the United States, Japan, and Zambia. Studying how Japanese live in Japan has been the most powerful influence on her professional, academic and personal growth.

Randall Yamaoka



My name is Randall Yamaoka and I was born and raised in Maui, Hawaii.    I graduated with my A.A. in Liberal Arts from the University of Hawaii Maui College in 2011, and in 2015 I graduated from the University of Hawaii at Hilo in 2015 with my B.A in Japanese Studies and Linguistics, a minor in English, and subject certificates in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), Educational Studies, and Global Engagement. During my undergrad, I had the opportunity to study abroad in two different countries, in Japan at Kyoto Sangyo University in Kyoto, Japan for one academic year and also at Seoul Women's University in Seoul, South Korea for a summer. After that, I worked in Japan as an Assistant Language Teacher (ALT) for 3 years with the JET (Japan Exchange and Teaching) Program where I was teaching English to elementary and junior high students in Sera, Hiroshima. With the zeal of education,             I decided to further my education. I am currently a graduate student studying an M.A. in International Education Management (IEM) specializing in Language Program Administration (LPA). After graduation, I intend to work in the field of education and help citizens become global ambassadors. Thank you very much for the generous scholarship.