Chief Deputy Executive's Daughter Awarded Fulbright Scholarship
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Chief Deputy Executive's Daughter Awarded Fulbright Scholarship

Release Date: 11/24/2013 8:00 PM
Contact: Bill Mullan, Media and Communications Officer
Contact Phone: 248-858-1048

Lake Orion, Michigan -- The daughter of Gerald Poisson, Oakland County’s chief deputy county executive, has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarship to Montenegro for an English Teaching Assistantship, the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board announced recently.

Katherine Poisson, a Lake Orion resident, is in the midst of nine months of teaching at the University of Montenegro's Institute of Foreign Languages in Podgorica, Montenegro.

"Katherine’s mother and I are very proud of her," Chief Deputy County Executive Poisson said. "The educational opportunities afforded her at Lake Orion High School, MSU and U of M prepared her to make her mark on the world."

A 2005 graduate of Lake Orion High School, Katherine is one of more than 1,700 U.S. citizens who are abroad for the 2013-2014 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential.

She completed her bachelor’s degree in the College of Social Sciences at Michigan State University in 2009 and went on to earn her masters in higher education at the U of M's Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education in 2011.  She worked in the Division of Student Affairs at Michigan prior to departing for Montenegro this fall.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S.
Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.  Participating governments and host institutions, corporations and foundations in foreign countries and in the United States also provide direct and indirect support. The Program operates in over 155 countries worldwide.

Since its establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has given approximately 318,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, scientists and other professionals the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. 

Fulbright alumni have achieved distinction in government, science, the arts, business, philanthropy, education, and many other fields.  Forty-four Fulbright alumni from 12 countries have been awarded the Nobel Prize, and 78 alumni have received Pulitzer Prizes. Prominent Fulbright alumni include: Muhammad Yunus, founder, Grameen Bank, and 2006 Nobel Peace Prize recipient; Juan Manuel Santos, President of Colombia; John Hope Franklin, noted American historian and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient; Riccardo Giacconi, physicist and 2002 Nobel Laureate; Amar Gopal Bose, chairman and founder, Bose Corporation; Renée Fleming, soprano; Jonathan Franzen, writer; and Daniel Libeskind, architect.

Fulbright recipients are among more than 50,000 individuals participating in U.S. Department of State exchange programs each year. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is administered by the Institute of International Education.

For further information about the Fulbright Program or the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, please visit its website at

For media inquiries only, please contact Bill Mullan, Oakland County media and communications officer, at 248-858-1048 or Josue Barrera of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at 202-632-6454 or