Honors Academy sophomore earns VCHC Emerging Scholar of the Year award

Robyn Toran

Radford University Honors Academy student Robyn Toran has been named the 2016-17 Virginias Collegiate Honors Council (VCHC) Emerging Honors Scholar of the Year.

The award recognizes the best and brightest emerging honors students who have completed 50 or fewer credit hours at a post-secondary institution.

Toran, a sophomore athletic training major from Virginia Beach, competed for the award with other freshman and sophomore honors students from Virginia and West Virginia.

VCHC joins together universities, colleges and community colleges throughout the two states to support and enhance programs and activities that meet the needs of exceptionally talented and motivated students.

“Winning the VCHC Emerging Honors Scholar of the Year is such an incredible honor. It's amazing to think that out of all of the freshmen and sophomore honors students in Virginia and West Virginia that applied, that my accomplishments were distinguished enough to be awarded this honor,” Toran said.

“It's so special for me because I'm involved in so many things and sometimes I just feel busy and overwhelmed, but an award like this is proof that all of my hard work and dedication actually pays off.”

On campus, Toran is a University 100 peer instructor, a Collegiate Quiz Bowl team member and a Bible talk leader and treasurer for her campus ministry, Disciples on Campus.

She is a member of the Black Student Alliance, Athletic Training Student Association and the Health and Human Performance Majors Club. Toran serves as a mentor for freshmen Honors Academy students and spends “anywhere from six to 10 hours every week at various sports practices for my clinical rotations for athletic training.”

Honors Academy Director Niels Christensen recommended Toran for the honor.

“She has a talent and drive like few other students who have gone through our program,” Christensen said. “Her grades speak for themselves and her involvement on campus has been unparalleled for a sophomore.”

As part of the honor, Toran will speak in April at the VCHC annual conference at Old Dominion University. She will talk about her honors experiences at Radford University. 

Mar 14, 2017
Chad Osborne