Mary Katerman (’12 B.M.E.) has been chosen as a Fulbright Scholar for the year 2014. She will travel to Malaysia where she will teach English as a second language to students aged 11-17.
Founded by Senator J. William Fulbright in 1946, the scholar program was established to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries through the exchange of persons, knowledge, and skills. It is is one of the most prestigious award programs worldwide, operating in over 155 countries. Candidates recommended for Fulbright grants have high academic achievement, a compelling project proposal and/or statement of purpose, demonstrated leadership potential, and the flexibility and adaptability to interact successfully with the host community abroad.
Mary was a voice major in the music education program and a member of the Shreyer Honors College, minoring in Mathematics and Spanish. Her honors thesis was titled The Effect of Music Instruction on Mathematical Achievement. She teaches at Cambridge-South Dorchester High School (Cambridge, Maryland) where she conducts three choirs and teaches two math classes. In the first year of her teaching career, she is currently a finalist for Dorchester County’s “First Class Teacher of the Year.”
Originally from Hummelstown, Pennsylvania, Mary is “grateful, honored, excited, and terrified all at the same time” about her upcoming Fulbright experience, and she is thankful to Penn State faculty members Ruth Mendum, Joanne Rutkowski, and Christopher Kiver for their mentorship.