• Vargas’ year in France affirms self-reliance, inspires him to give back
  • Finding fellowship with the Appalachian Family
  • A real-world learning lab
  • The art of success
  • Building a future of hope
  • Research opportunities and so much more
  • A Rich Learning Experience
  • Study in Japan – a student’s dream comes true
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Tyler Branch ’12 - Communication Major - Sawmills, NC

A Scholarship Opens Doors

December 21, 2011

When Tyler Branch landed a prestigious internship with the "Late Show with David Letterman," he was thrilled. Of the 400 applicants, Tyler was one of only 12 chosen to work on the show, and he knew it would be a life-changing experience that, combined with the skills he has learned in the classroom, could help him realize his career aspirations to be a television producer.

“Effective mass communication has the potential to change the world,” says Tyler. “Television offers an opportunity to make a lasting impression on society.” But Tyler had no idea how he was going to afford to take this unpaid internship, until he received a scholarship that made it possible. “My scholarship provided the springboard for the rest of my life,” says Tyler. “The Appalachian Family has always been there for me with people to teach, guide and support me. Being part of it has opened more opportunities for me than I could have ever imagined.”