Congratulations to Violet Vo (Grade 12 - Class of 2020 - Future Alumna of American International School Vietnam) for winning the 2019-2020 Margaret Sanders Scholarship for her leadership, strength of character, numerous efforts to improve school and local communities, and other admirable achievements.

Violet was:
• President of the Ambassadors Club
• Member of the National Honor Society
• Part of the admin team for AISVN Model United Nations and TedXYouth@AISVN
• Team leader for the Global Leadership Project
• Part of the initiatives: "Shelves of Hope" (provide books for orphans) and “The Elephant in the Room” (raise awareness for mental health and wellbeing issues for young people)


Criteria for Nominees

The scholarship will be awarded to the student who demonstrate character strengths such as persistence and motivation, resourcefulness, as well as acceptance of other cultures and points of view. Nominated students should also display a genuine interest in, and sustained commitment to the welfare of others, as reflected through participation in school activities, and community/civic involvement. Factors considered in the selection process include academic achievement, financial need, and higher education and vocational aspirations that will impact future improvements within local and global communities. Leadership and service contributions that directly address community and societal needs and solutions will be considered in the selection process.


The 2020-21 Margaret Sanders Scholarship application window is now closed

Application instructions and forms for the Margaret Sanders Scholarship are now housed on the website of the Association for the Advancement of International Education. AAIE completes the initial review and then forwards the completed applications to each regional office where one applicant per region is selected.

All application materials must be submitted no later than November 30, 2021.

Please visit to learn more about the scholarship and the application process.

Margaret Sanders' career with Walsworth Publishing Company began in 1961. During her storied forty-year career, Sanders traveled the world assisting schools with the publication of their yearbooks. Sanders developed a very close connection with the overseas 'American/International' schools as well as their diverse and interesting populations. Sanders established this scholarship fund to "give back" to the community that gave her so many exciting opportunities and personal rewards.

Further, The Margaret Sanders Foundation was established to fund educational opportunities for members of the overseas schools community that she found within our AAIE family. High school students graduating from an AAIE or Regional Association Member School within the various educational regions are eligible to apply. Only one candidate from each region will be put forward for the final selection process.

Past Winners from our Region

2019-2020 NGHI (Violet) VO American International School Vietnam
2018-2019 ZACHARY LOPEZ International School Manila, Philippines
2017-2018 JANEL PEREZ International School Manila, Philippines
2016-2017 CHLOE AUNG Yangon International School, Myanmar
2015-2016 JEANE KHANG Singapore American School, Singapore
2014-2015 KIN-SA TRANG NGO Saigon South International School, Vietnam
2013-2014 GAEA MORALES International School Manila, Philippines
2012-2013 RAYA BUENSUCESO Brent International School Manila, Philippines
2011-2012 JULIA SAUBIER International School Manila, Philippines
2010-2011 MANUELE CAVALLI-SFORZA International School Manila, Philippines
2009-2010 AISLING LEOW Singapore American School, Singapore
2008-2009 TRA MY LE Saigon South International School, Vietnam
2007-2008 CLARISSA SKINNER International School of Guangzhou, China
2006-2007 ELIZABETH COOPER American School in Japan
2005-2006 NATASHA GUTIERREZ International School of Manila, Philippines