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St. Norbert College Graduate Receives a Fulbright Grant

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From St. Norbert College, April 24, 2017
by Mike Counter,, 920-403-3089

Maureen Koets, a 2016 honors graduate of St. Norbert College, has received an all-expenses-paid Fulbright teaching assistantship grant. Koets will be a T.A. for English or American studies at either a high school or university in Germany this fall.

"I love learning, and I know that the Fulbright will open more doors and provide clarity," said Koets. "I am excited to see where this leads."

The Fulbright program is the largest U.S. international exchange program offering opportunities for students, scholars and professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools worldwide. The program was established in 1946 by the U.S. Congress to "enable the government of the United States to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries."

Koets, a native of Edina, Minn., graduated with a history major from St. Norbert, with minors in German and business. Koets also completed both Spanish and French certifications while at St. Norbert.
"As a teacher, I always felt that my job wasn't to fuel Maureen's passions or help her figure out the road-map of her life," said Joel Mann, associate professor of philosophy at St. Norbert. "Rather, my job was to fix any potholes in the road she had chosen to travel, and then to get (myself and others) out of her way!"

"I could not have achieved so much in so little time without the support of my professors," Koets added. "Without them, I never would have had the courage to apply for a Fulbright scholarship. No matter where I end up, St. Norbert College will always be my stateside home."

Koets Fulbright teaching assistant position will run from September 2017 through June 2018. She plans to pursue a master's degree and Ph.D. after her Fulbright experience is over.

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