From Terre Haute, Indiana, Tonya Hall received a master of science in student affairs and higher education from Indiana State University and began working at Marian University in 2014 as the director of 21st Century Scholars. Hall wanted the opportunity to work at a small institution where she could get to know all of her students. Under Hall’s direction, Marian University received the Champion Award from the Indiana Commission for Higher Education because of the university’s outstanding dedication to the program.
As a 21st Century Scholar Program alumna herself, Hall is very invested in the program. Hall explained she knows first-hand many of the challenges 21st Century Scholars face and the hard work needed from students to maintain the scholarship. Currently, Hall is recruiting 21st Century Scholars to Marian University. She is also working on the selection process for Marian University’s 21st Century Scholars Full Tuition Scholarship for the 2016-17 academic year.
Q & A with Tonya Hall
Q: What does a day in your life working at Marian University look like?
A: With over 180 scholars at Marian University, my day is different each day. I am responsible for recruiting, academic support, programming, and advising scholars. I also work with the 21st Century Scholars Board of Visitors and oversee two mentoring programs.
Q: What are your expectations for 21st Century Scholars?
A: I expect scholars to work hard both in and out of the classroom. I want them to utilize the resources on campus and to give back to the community. I expect scholars to be leaders, change agents, and civic-minded.
Q: What is your favorite part of working at Marian University?
A: My favorite part of working at Marian University is the students. My students are resilient, diverse, and keep me on my toes. There is never a dull moment in the 21st Century Scholars Office and I love that.
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
A: I would travel to Egypt! I would love to see the pyramids.