Fulbright grant enables graduating senior to teach English in Germany

by University Communications,

Marking the end of her Willamette education, Grace Katzmar ’14 is teaching English in Germany later this year as a Fulbright winner.

“I cried, a lot,” says Katzmar about receiving the grant. “This means everything to me. The prospect of this grant has begun to feel like my chance to move on, discover a career that I love and do something important. I’m thrilled and a little scared to begin this new chapter in my life.”

Katzmar — who’s majoring in German and anthropology — will spend nine months in Germany beginning in September. In addition to teaching, Katzmar is planning to engage with her new community by enrolling in dance and painting classes, auditioning for a community or church choir and volunteering at an art museum.

At Willamette, Katzmar is a member of chamber choir and Tandem, an a cappella singing group. She is a dancer and choreographer for Willamette Dance Company and she is co-president of Yoga Club.

When she goes to Germany, Katzmar says she aspires to master the German language. She also hopes to gain a newfound confidence in her teaching skills — especially since she’s interested in earning a master’s degree in Teaching English as a Second Language.

“I want to continue teaching in the future, and I want to take the skills I will learn to my future teaching jobs,” she says. “Secondly, I want to speak German every day. I’ve been a student of German for eight years now, since my freshman year of high school, yet I know that immersion in a language is the truest way to learn.”

Each year the U.S. Student Fulbright program takes new and recent college graduates and grad students abroad to conduct research, carry out creative or service-related projects, or teach English. This year’s applicant pool for the U.S. Student Fulbright program was more than 10,000 for about 1,800 spots.

For more information on Fulbright grants and similar opportunities, contact the Office of Student Academic Grants and Awards.