Three UH Hilo students study abroad on scholarships from host countries
LiAnn Yamamoto and Keola Spencer are studying at universities in Japan, and Sienna Wareham is at university in Korea.
Three students from the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo are studying abroad with scholarships awarded by their host countries. LiAnn Yamamoto and Keola Spencer are studying at universities in Japan, and Sienna Wareham is at a university in Korea.
Yamamoto is studying at the University of the Ryukyus, Okinawa, on a scholarship awarded through the Inter-University Exchange Project sponsored by MEXT, a scholarship program for United States citizens funded by the Japanese government.
Yamamoto, a Waiakea High School graduate who won the 109-pound judo state title in 2018, is now a sophomore majoring in Japanese studies.
“While studying abroad I am taking many language courses,” she says in a recent email. “I’m also taking Okinawa culture and history to learn a little more about my host country.”
“By studying abroad, I’m becoming a more independent and confident person,” she says. “This will help my overall education because I’m more responsible in trying my best to learn as much as possible. Also, learning Japanese in Japan is definitely a plus for my major!”
The two other students are Keola Spencer, from O‘ahu, now at Hokkaido University on a MEXT scholarship, and Sienna Wareham, from the continental United States, attending Hankuk University of Foreign Studies on a Korea Global Scholarship. Watch this space for more information about their studies.
Carolina Lam, director of global education at the UH Hilo Center for Global Education and Exchange, says, “I am hoping other students will see that there are several funding sources to study abroad and to not let finances deter them from going.”
Update: Photo essay by Sienna Wareham, Nov. 5, 2019
Story by Susan Enright, a public information specialist for the Office of the Chancellor and editor of UH Hilo Stories. She received her bachelor of arts in English and certificate in women’s studies from UH Hilo.