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Xavier Magazine | October 20, 2017

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Truman Scholar

Brett Simmons, an honors student majoring in theology and economics, was named a 2008 Truman Scholar by the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation. Simmons is one of just 65 Truman Scholars selected from 595 candidates from 283 universities. He is considering using the award, which is for up to $30,000 for graduate study, to enter a doctoral program in urban sociology at  Princeton, Harvard, Penn or UCLA. He hasn’t finalized that yet, because a few days after learning of the award he left for a month in Tanzania where he worked on microfinance lending with a commercial bank in Dar Es Salaam and then went to Northern Tanzania where he worked on rural finance with a nonprofit organization as part of his Brueggeman Fellowship.

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