Two Xavier students earn prestigious Truman and Fulbright scholarships for graduate study

One will go to graduate school in London and the other to study in Morocco | April 23, 2014

Two Xavier students—a recent alumnus and a current junior—have been awarded prestigious scholarships to continue their studies. Junior Andrew Dziedzic, president of the Student Government Association, was selected as a 2014 Truman Scholar, and 2010 graduate Ashley Bonnell was awarded a 2014-2015 Fulbright U.S. Student Award to Morocco.

As is the custom with Truman Scholars, Xavier President Michael J. Graham, S.J., made a surprise visit to Dziedzic’s classroom on Monday, April 14, to announce the news of his award.

“I am very grateful to the Truman Foundation for this amazing opportunity,” he said. “I am excited to join a community of outstanding people who truly act as ‘agents of change’ each day. I also want to thank everyone at Xavier for the great amount of support. I could have never achieved this without the help from so many people.”

The Truman Scholarship Foundation supports the graduate education and professional development of outstanding young people committed to public service leadership. Since its creation in 1975, the Foundation has supported almost 3,000 Truman Scholars who are making a difference in all corners of the nation and around the globe.

This year, the Foundation reviewed 655 files from 294 institutions. Students were selected based on their records of leadership, public service and academic achievement. There were 204 finalists and 59 students selected. The Foundation has posted the names of all the winners at

Dziedzic attended St. Louis University High School in St. Charles, Mo. He will study at the London School of Economics next year and have an internship in Parliament through the Hansard Scholars Programme. After graduation, he intends to pursue a joint Master of Public Policy and law degree.

He is the third Xavier student to be named a Truman Scholar. He has a double major in economics and Xavier’s prestigious Philosophy, Politics and the Public (PPP) program.

Bonnell, who earned a double major in history and Philosophy, Politics and the Public, is a graduate of Columbus East High School in Columbus, Ind. Her Fulbright scholarship allows her to leverage the work she has been doing with Arabic-speaking Iraqi refugees at the International Rescue Committee in San Diego. She left the position to continue her Arabic language studies as a Kathryn Davis Fellow for Peace at the Middlebury College Language Program at Mills College in Oakland, Cal.

Started in 1946, The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Government through the exchange of students in the fields of education, culture and science.

While at Xavier, Ashley was a Brueggeman Fellow and traveled to Syria and Jordan to study the fate of Iraqi refugees. The Edward B. Brueggeman Center for Dialogue at Xavier is dedicated to providing space and opportunity for dialogue about the critical issues of our age.