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Combs Named Simmons Scholar

June 20, 2014

Lauren Sumiko Combs, an incoming graduate student in Brown’s master's program in urban education policy (UEP), was named the 2014 winner and third recipient of the Ruth J. Simmons Urban Education Policy Scholarship, a full-tuition award. The Board of Overseers of the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University established the permanent annual scholarship in 2012 for the UEP student who most epitomizes the former Brown University president’s commitment to education equity and social justice. Originally form Hawaii, Combs is a 2012 summa cum laude graduate (B.A., psychology) of Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. After graduation, she volunteered for one year at the Center for Working Families, a school in Quito, Ecuador, that provides free education, vocational training, and wrap-around services to low-income families. Since December 2013, Combs has taught English to foreign scholars, diplomats, and immigrants at the International Language Institute in Washington, D.C. Simultaneously, she co-founded a website and nonprofit organization, “Read Between the Minds,” that provides e-mentorship for postsecondary advancement. Prior to her work at the language institute, Combs interned in the office of Vice President Joe Biden.