Erin Collins of Bethesda, Md., was named a 2012 Oswald Award winner in the area of scholarship. She was the student marshal representing the College of the Liberal Arts at the fall 2011 University Park campus commencement. A Schreyer Honors College Scholar, she earned overall GPAs of 4.0 for three bachelor of art degrees — in German, French and international studies, with minors in Middle East studies and Arabic language — and for a concurrent master of arts degree in German.
She has completed study abroad programs at American University in Egypt, Mohammed University in Morocco, Humboldt University in Germany, Sorbonne University in France and the Arabic Language Institute in Morocco. She has been a graduate teaching assistant for German language courses at Penn State and a volunteer English and German instructor for women and youth in Egypt and Morocco.
The John W. Oswald Award, established in 1983, annually recognizes graduating seniors who have provided outstanding leadership in at least one of several areas of activity at the University. The award consists of a medallion honoring John W. Oswald, president of the University from 1970 to 1983. Five Penn State students in their respective areas of leadership have been honored.