The Friendship Teachers Association recently made another donation to the Allegany County Area Foundation’s General ...


city paper studio shot From:  Hannah Thompsett (Class of 2008)

I graduated from Scio Central School in 2008 and received the Belva A. Waite scholarship.  I used this scholarship to study art at SUNY New Paltz.  After completing my foundations courses in the art department, I declared my concentration in ceramics and spent the next couple of years working toward my thesis.  I was able to take courses in many different mediums while focusing on developing my technical skills in clay.  During this time, I was also awarded the Marion Green Scholarship.  In December 2011, I completed my thesis, which culminates in a group exhibition at the college’s museum, and graduated with honors from New Paltz with a BFA in ceramics.

After graduating, I was hired by one of my professors as a large-scale production assistant.  She had received a commission to make over 600 large sculptural tiles to be installed in Singapore and needed extra hands to complete the project.  My time spent working with my professor was very helpful, as I was able to see how a successful artist manages her studio practice on a daily basis.

In the fall of 2012, I was accepted to an Artist-in-Residence program in Rochester, NY at Genesee Pottery, which is part of the Genesee Center for Arts and Education.  As a resident, I am given a studio space in exchange for a designated amount of work per week.  I spend most of my time in my studio making work for various shows and experimenting with new processes.  I also teach classes, assist with installing shows at the Firehouse Gallery, and play a role in the daily running of the studio by loading and firing kilns, making clay and glazes, and keeping the space clean and organized.  The residency position is usually a one-year position, but I enjoyed my time here so much that I was able to renew it for a second year.  It has provided me with the time, space, facilities, and support to advance my work in an independent, yet supportive setting.

The aspect that I enjoy most about Genesee Pottery is the fact that it is a large community studio, so I am surrounded by lots of passionate artists everyday.  All levels of makers are welcome, which allows for a dynamic learning environment for all involved.  In addition to the ceramics studio, there is also a photography studio and a printing and book arts studio.  I have had the opportunity to work in these mediums as well and have incorporated them into my most recent work.  (If you are interested in seeing my work, please check out my website at

I just completed my second solo show in the Firehouse Gallery, which signifies the near end of my time here.  I have decided that the next step for me is graduate school, to receive my MFA.  After a long process of applying, waiting, and decision making, I have decided to attend Alfred University.  I am excited to move back to the area for a while, and see what graduate school has in store for me!

I am grateful to the Allegany County Area Foundation for providing me with funding to attend college.  My degree helped pave the way for my future and I am pursuing the career of my dreams.

Hannah Thompsett


Gould BrittanyFrom: Britttany Gould (Class of 2009)

I received a scholarship from the Allegany County Area Foundation in 2009 when I graduated from Bolivar-Richburg Central School. In the fall of 2009, I started classes at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY where I majored in biology. When I was in high school, my grandma suffered from cancer which she eventually passed away from. This was a very difficult time for my family during which we often consulted our local pharmacist regarding her very extensive medication regimen. The pharmacist provided my grandma and family with the best care and was always so patient and kind. Due to those great experiences my family had with that pharmacist, I knew that I wanted to become a pharmacist someday so I could do the same for others in need.
After completing two years of undergraduate classes and all of the pharmacy school prerequisites, I was accepted into the St. John Fisher College Wegmans School of Pharmacy. I am currently in my third year of the pharmacy school program and have one more year to go. I will be finishing up my fourth year of the pharmacy program after completing various pharmacy rotations in many different pharmacy areas including: community pharmacy (chain and independent settings), hospital pharmacy, ambulatory pharmacy, pharmacy management, and acute care/inpatient pharmacy. In May 2015, I am expected to graduate from the Wegmans School of Pharmacy with my Doctorate of Pharmacy degree.
In September 2015, I will marry Tyler Smith, another BRCS graduate, and we hope to settle down somewhere either in the Rochester or the Allegany County areas. I currently work for CVS pharmacy and I love the community pharmacy setting. I get to interact with all kinds of people when I am working and help them in ways varying from recommending an over-the-counter product to calling their prescribers to discuss their medication regimens. I plan to stay in the community pharmacy setting so that I am able to interact with my patients on a daily basis and be very involved in their health care management and experiences.
The scholarships that the Allegany County Area Foundation provides to students graduating from high school are so helpful for providing students with the means to attend college and pursue their dreams. College is very expensive and students are often discouraged by this fact. I have personally seen people change their education plans and decide not to pursue their dreams for the fear of the debt that they will assume from attending college. The assistance that these scholarships provide to students is one of the many important motivating factors for encouraging students to work hard and pursue their career goals. I am so thankful to the Allegany County Area Foundation and its supporters for the scholarship that I was awarded. This scholarship helped motivate me to work hard and pursue my long time goal of becoming a community pharmacist.



The Foundation is a non-profit organization that manages donations totaling more than $7 million and uses the proceeds from those funds to encourage educational, social, cultural and civic projects benefiting the residents of Allegany County. The Foundation awards scholarships to individuals and grants to community organizations. It also helps organizations secure their futures by managing endowment funds and ensures that individuals’ desires for a legacy come to fruition by administering funds to benefit the areas or organizations they specify.