At age 17, Tyler White wondered if she’d ever find success in college.
The Laurel resident struggled with her grades throughout high school and often kept to herself, despite having a genuine interest in helping others.
Then one day, during her senior year, she attended a presentation about Howard Community College’s Silas Craft Collegians program.
“I learned about how the program helps students move on to new chapter in life,” she said. “I thought, ‘This program can connect me with people who can help me reach my goals and be successful moving forward.’”
Tyler applied and was accepted into the program, which has played a significant role in her college experience.
Regular meetings with Silas Craft mentors helped Tyler establish semester goals, and the program’s tutoring service helped her improve her math grade. Tyler also participated in the program’s social and volunteer activities, including ushering runners during HCC’s 5K Challenge Race.
“It’s different at HCC,” she said. “Through the program, I’ve met new people, pursued my interests and learned what I like and don’t like. And it’s helped me to be more social.”
Tyler also received financial support through the Howard Community College Educational Foundation (HCCEF) Silas Craft Collegians Scholarship and HCCEF Silas Craft Collegians Endowment.
This spring, Tyler will graduate with an associate degree in radiologic technology. She will then pursue a bachelor’s degree in speech therapy at a four-year college, armed with the skills she learned as a Silas Craft Collegian.
“The Silas Craft program helps you to be successful not only in college but also in life,” she said.