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.

Simmons is receiving the scholarship to conduct research on human rights and social movements next spring in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The award is named for Luis Leal (1907-2010), one of the foremost critics of Mexican, Chicano and Latin American literature. The author of more than 40 books and more than 400 articles, Leal received the United States National Humanities Medal and the Aztec Eagle, Mexico’s highest award for foreign citizens.

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 Luis Leal Endowed Scholarship is available to qualified students who carry out Hispanic Studies research off campus in an IWU-affiliated program.