Graduate Education & JET Alumni Scholarship Opportunities

Wednesday, September 23rd, 5:30PM PDT
Pre-registration link will be sent on September 18th

Are you considering graduate school? Did you know there are scholarships available to JET alumni? Learn about the different scholarships available at universities and meet representatives from these select universities offering them in small groups to learn more about their programs and how to take your next steps to higher education. Check out USJETAA’s website for more details on the programs available.

Confirmed schools: Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs: Syracuse University (Christine Omolino), Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy: Carnegie Mellon University (David Eber), School for International Training (Meghan McMillan), Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (Jill Stoffers), American University’s School of Education (Ashleigh Huseth), and Leah Gowron (Career Consultant & Coach at ReImagine You: Global Career Coaching).

On September 18th, a sign up link will be sent to the email you registered with where you will pick which schools you would like to speak with, in breakout rooms.

School Presenters (Please select one):

Leah Gowran

If you’re considering heading back to graduate school, and have questions about deciding when to attend, where to go, why to go and how to pay for it all, Leah has the answers!

For ten years, Leah Gowron managed the administration of international and domestic internships and career placement at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS). She was campus coordinator for Fulbright, the National Security Education program (NSEP), the United Nations Headquarters Internship Programme, the US Foreign Service Exams, UN National Competitive Recruitment Exams and the Presidential Management Fellowship Program (PMF). She conducted workshops on career development with concentrations in international policy, public administration, international development, environmental, commercial diplomacy, as well as security, intelligence, and non-proliferation. As the Director of Graduate Alumni Relations, Leah oversaw the development of programs and resources for the Institute’s alumni, coordinated special events worldwide, and managed research projects for alumni data.  Leah was on JET during the early years of the programme (Saitama 1990-1991) and co-founded the Manitoba-Saskatchewan JET Alumni Association in 1992.

School for International Training 

JET alumni will receive a 30% tuition waiver. SIT will also waive the application fee of $50. Represented by: Meghan McMillan.

Carnegie Mellon Heinz College 

Heinz College awards qualified JET program alumni a minimum scholarship of $7,000 per semester (30% tuition). Represented by: David Eber

Middlebury Institute of International Studies (Monterey, CA)

Offers programs in topics including International Policy Studies, Translation & Interpretation, Language Teacher Education and International Business. MIIS offers a guranteed $10,000 per year scholarship to JET alumni. Details are available at https://www.middlebury.edu/institute/admissions/scholarships/partners/jet. Represented by: Jill Stoffers, Carolyn Whittingham, Peter Skarlatos & Clarissa Stewart.

Originally from Kingston, Jamaica, Carolyn Whittingham is a JET alumna (ALT-Hokkaido) and graduate of the Middlebury Institute for International StudiesMA Translation & Localization Management. Carolyn was driven to study Japanese language and culture due to a lifelong love of Japanese novels, video games, and animation. She is currently a bilingual Product Marketing Specialist for Nintendo, but previously worked as an Administrative Assistant/Linguist for Mitsubishi and as a Localization Project Manager for ITP Strategic, a supplier for Toyota.

Peter Skarlatos was an ALT for the Yamagata City BOE, 2017-2018 shortly after graduating UC Davis with a Bachelor’s degree in Linguistics and a Japanese minor. Prior to college he served six years in the US Navy as an Arabic translator, and after JET he immediately enrolled in MIIS’s MA in International Trade and Economic Diplomacy program which led him to his current career working for the International Trade Administration as an analyst for anti-dumping/countervailing duty investigations. 

Clarissa Stewart participated in JET as an ALT from 2010 – 2015 in Gunma Prefecture. After returning to the U.S., she received a Master’s degree in International Education Management from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey and now supports international students as a Designated School Official and Assistant Director of International Student Affairs at Hofstra University in New York. Connect with her on LinkedIn.

Syracuse University Maxwell School 

The Maxwell PAIA – JET Alumni Scholarship covers at least 30% of the tuition costs of a single- or dual-degree course of study in Maxwell’s Master of Public Administration or Master of Arts in International Relations on-campus programs. The offer includes the option to defer admission for one year and to be considered for further merit-based aid based on the strength of the application for admission. Represented by: Christine Omolino.

American University’s School of Education

American University’s School of Education plans to offer a JET scholarship for graduate study. The details are in the negotiation process, but will be announced soon. Their programs are designed to address the needs of educators in public schools with commitments to social responsibility and to the academic and social-emotional development of each region’s children. Scholarship offers will include on-campus and online programs within AU’s School of Education. Represented by: Ashleigh Huseth.