Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Monterey Institute Announces New Veterans Scholarship Fund

New Veterans Scholarship Fund

From left to right, Eric Young, Manuel Gonzalez Lopez, Carmen Lilia Ibarra and Dave Uyehara Perryman

November 9, 2012

Veterans bring a wide range of experiences to their studies at the Monterey Institute where they are encouraged to build on their skills and expertise to prepare for a new stage in their careers. The Monterey Institute’s diverse degree programs from international policy studies, management and nonproliferation and terrorism studies to various language programs are perfectly suited for veterans dedicated to continue to make a difference.

The Monterey Institute is committed to furthering opportunities for veterans on campus. We are pleased to announce the new Veterans Scholarship Fund, which is designed to provide partial tuition support to future veterans and their dependents. An ambitious fundraising initiative is underway to raise an endowed fund that will support veterans at the Institute in perpetuity. Please consider making veterans at the Monterey Institute a priority in your philanthropic giving. Learn more at the Veterans Fund page or call 831.647.3595.

In honor of Veterans Day and in support of the Veterans Scholarship Fund, we would like to introduce several veterans who are current Monterey Institute students:

Eric Young (MAIPS ’14)
Eric served in the U.S. Marine Corps, deploying three times to Iraq from 2004-07.He enrolled at MIIS in the International Policy Studies program (Human Security and Development concentration) program after graduating from California State University, Monterey Bay, citing its “focus on group learning, the caliber of its professors, and its recognition domestically and internationally.” He has established a professional relationship with a faculty member from Iraq. “ His story of trial and triumph as a teenager and young adult in Baghdad throughout the Iraq War put my experience as a veteran of that war in perspective. Prior to our conversations, I had not spent any time with a veteran of the war from the other side of the coin.” Eric hopes to return to Iraq to assist with the development of that country.

Manuel Gonzalez Lopez (MANPTS ’13)
Manuel (Manny) grew up in Monterey where his family owns a popular Mexican restaurant. He is a graduate of San Francisco State and served in the U.S. Army, with the 75th Ranger Regiment in Iraq. He is enrolled in the Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies program and particularly likes the mix of the academic approach and actual practice. He sees his future in either the FBI or the DEA.

Carmen Lilia Ibarra (MATLM ’13)
Carmen served 26 years in the U.S. Air Force as a linguist in several languages, retiring in 2010 as a Hindi instructor at the Defense Language Institute, less than a mile from MIIS. “When I discovered MIIS, I knew I had found the right learning institution to complement my love of language…I enjoy the cultural and linguistic diversity at MIIS; I like being able to share ideas with others who have a completely different background from mine…it’s a true melting pot of the minds here.” Carmen’s goal is to enter the field of software localization.

Dave Uyehara Perryman (BA/MANPTS ‘14)
Dave grew up in Carmel, less than three miles from MIIS. He knew of MIIS because his family regularly hosted faculty and students from the Institute. He served as an infantryman with the 82d Airborne Division, including 2003-2004 in Iraq. He is in the three-year BA/MA program taking courses in nonproliferation, terrorism and conflict resolution. He sees his future working in conflict or post-conflict countries.

Josh Holzer (MAIPS ’13)
Josh discovered the Monterey Institute nine years ago when he was studying at the Defense Language Institute, just up the hill from MIIS. He crashed a student reception at the Student Center. “I got a chance to talk to some very interesting individuals from all over the world who were enthusiastic and eager to make a difference. By the end the night, I knew that after the military I would return to Monterey to study at this amazing school.” Josh served in the U.S. Army as a linguist for five years before returning to Monterey and MIIS. Josh likes the diversity and sense of community at MIIS. “MIIS somehow strikes that perfect balance between small classes and a real sense of community while still having a student body and faculty from all over the world.” He is in his third of four semesters. After graduation, “I want to stop saying I want to make a difference, and start doing it for real.”

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