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Daniel Hadley and Jaime LeBlanc-Hadley are two of a growing number of students taking advantage of the language and international policy learning opportunities available at both Middlebury College and the Monterey Institute of International Studies. The husband-and-wife pair will study Chinese at Middlebury College this summer before entering the International Policy Studies program at the Monterey Institute in the fall.

Both Hadleys majored in global and international studies at the University of Western Michigan and both have studied Chinese. Daniel, a former Marine who served in Iraq, introduced his wife to Chinese during their freshman year, and she in turn introduced him to international studies. The couple spent the 2008-09 academic year in China studying Chinese and other subjects at the Beijing Language and Culture University. To support her year in Beijing, Jaime received the highly competitive Boren Scholarship.

The couple is going to take advantage of the full scholarship offered to them by MIIS for intense Chinese study at Middlebury over the summer. The scholarship covers tuition, fees, housing and food. At the Monterey Institute, Daniel will focus on international trade while Jaime intends to specialize in international development. Daniel says: “It was very important to me that I not only study international trade policy in an academically challenging program, but that I also attend a program that will help me gain the practical skills necessary to work effectively in an international career.”

Both Daniel and Jaime will receive merit scholarships from the Monterey Institute and Jaime is also one of only 20 students nationwide to receive a 2010 Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs fellowship, which will fund her graduate studies up to $50,000 annually. As a condition for receiving the fellowship, she will serve a minimum of three years in the Foreign Service after graduating from MIIS. “Being awarded such a prestigious fellowship and the opportunity to serve in the U.S. Foreign Service is at the top end of what I’ve dreamed about for my future,” Jaime says.

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