Ninoska's parents did not have the opportunity to attend college, but they knew the importance of higher education and encouraged her to continue her studies after high school.
After graduating Long Reach High School, she immediately enrolled at Howard Community College (HCC) to study psychology.
“I was always told by people to look into becoming a therapist because I fit the characteristics of one” she said. “It was also one of the careers that would always come up in the career quizzes at school. On top of that, the human mind and body has always been something I’ve found interesting.”
To get the most out of her experience at HCC, Ninoska joined the Silas Craft Collegians program, which awarded her a scholarship that helped her family greatly.
“It helped take a good chunk out of my tuition, which relieved my family because it was a stressor,” she said.
Funds from the scholarship come from events such as the Silas Craft Collegians Dinner at Hunan Manor, the President’s Special Allocation, and generous donations provided to the Howard Community College Educational Foundation (HCCEF).
For Ninoska, the Silas Craft Collegians program feels like family.
“I have a great support system behind me,” she said. “The program pushed me to become both a better student and person. I will forever be grateful for that because I honestly don’t think I would be in the position I am in if it weren’t for the program.”
Ninoska plans to graduate in the fall and hopes to transfer to Towson University to earn a bachelor’s degree. Her long-term goal is to become a licensed therapist.
Her advice to anyone thinking about attending HCC is to study as much as possible, get involved on campus, and get to know classmates.
Wherever you want to go, you can get there from here.