Simmons Awarded Luis Leal Scholarship

Connor Simmons ’19

May 9, 2017

BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— Connor Simmons ’19 (Flanagan, Ill.), a Hispanic Studies and sociology double major, has been awarded the Luis Leal Endowed Scholarship to support his research on human rights and social movements next spring in Buenos Aires, Argentina. 

The Luis Leal Endowed Scholarship is available to qualified students who carry out Hispanic Studies research off campus in an IWU-affiliated program. Students awarded scholarships commit to documenting and sharing their research from their off-campus experience.

At Illinois Wesleyan, Simmons is a Titan Ambassador, Titan Orientation Leader, Engaging Diversity mentor, teaching assistant in the IWU Language School for Kids, and member of both the Acacia fraternity and Tributaries campus literary magazine staff. 

The scholarship award is named for Luis Leal (1907-2010), one of the foremost critics of Mexican, Chicano and Latin American literature.