Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

I am most pained hearing the loss of Prof. Grothe. Without prof. Grothe's generosity towards me, I am not sure I would have been able to afford tuition at MIIS. To think that I just walked up to him and told him about my tuition condition and he agreed to award me that scholarship was an amazement to me.
Aside from awarding me the African national scholarship which helped covered my tuition, he made sure that all was well with me by occasionally checking in on my living condition.
He had this saying that stuck to me "...MIIS will have a candle burning just for you on the window in case you decide to return and visit as an Alumni" I pray that the angels have ensured that there is a candle burning awaiting your arrival at the gates and windows in heaven so you too can enjoy the generousity of your creator.
My only wish and prayer is that someday, I am able to make a difference in the lives of total strangers as he made in mine.
I sure will miss you Sir.
Esther Ikomi
MPA 2008