Marian University to be Honored with Champions Award for 21st Century Scholars Program

by Katie Bradley | Nov 10, 2015

Marian University 21st Century Scholars

Marian University will be honored with the Champion Award as a part of the Indiana Commission for Higher Education’s inaugural 21st Century Scholar Awards, created to mark the 25th anniversary of the 21st Century Scholar program and to honor its best and brightest partners.    

With more than 180 21st Century Scholars attending Marian University, the university’s Office of 21st Century Scholars has created programs and activities that allow scholars to reach their highest potential. Programs include: Mentor to Success, which connects freshmen scholars with experienced, upperclassmen scholars who serve as mentors for the academic year; Community Mentoring Program, which pairs sophomore and junior scholars with experienced professionals in the greater Indianapolis area; and social events both on- and off-campus to help enrich the scholars college experience.

"I am most thankful for the 21st Century Scholar Program because it has made my Marian Experience possible! Marian University’s 21st Century Scholar Program has not only given me the opportunity to attend a wonderful university in a great city, but it has provided me with opportunities to flourish," said Courtney Michel '16. "Most importantly, Marian University’s 21st Century Scholar Program has helped me find my new home. During my first year at Marian, our mentoring program helped me acclimate to the Marian community, and I have had the opportunity to give back to the program by mentoring first-year students the past three years." 

In order to assist 21st Century scholars with college cost, the university also offers 25 full tuition scholarships to new scholars each year. Funded through a combination of federal, state, and institutional financial aid, the scholarships are renewable provided that the scholar remains in good academic and social standing with the university.

“As a 21st Century Scholar alumni, I am passionate about the success of scholars. I think it is vital that institutions take initiative to support and provide opportunities for students at their campus," said Tonya Hall, director of 21st Century Scholars. "It is an honor for Marian University to be recognized by the Indiana Commission of Higher Education for the wonderful support that we offer scholars including scholarships, mentoring, co-curricular activities, and much more.” 

Indiana’s 21st Century Scholars Program began in 1990 to ensure that every Hoosier student had access to higher education. 

For more information, contact Tonya Hall, director of 21st Century Scholars, at 317.955.6330 or

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