Congratulations to Tonya Harman, winner of the 2014 St. Thomas Aquinas scholarship contest! Tonya is a double major in nursing and philosophy. She is a veteran, wife and mother. Watch her winning video submission.
The selection committee identified Harman’s work as the entry that best embraced the spirit of St. Thomas Aquinas and exemplified a thoughtful answer to the meaning of life question.
In order to get some quiet to make the audio portion of her video, Tonya “sound-proofed” herself beneath a blanket with her phone playing the background music while she read her script. The moments she stumbled in her reading were when her daughters entered the room with, ‘Mommy, what are you doing under there?’
“I love this story,” said Mary Ducey, professor of philosophy. “It says a lot about the challenges our students face and the creative ways they overcome them.”
Although the student scholarship has been awarded, The Aquinas Project is on-going until the spring of 2015. Everyone is invited to submit an answer to the question, ‘What is the meaning and purpose of human life?’ by e-mailing your answer to firstname.lastname@example.org. Explore the Aquinas question and submission requirements.