Tim Flurschutz Thanks ACAF

Flurschutz,  Tim

First let me say that is an impressive number for scholarship disbursement in a single year! I’m glad to hear the ACAF is still able to help out our local graduates.  The scholarship I received from the ACAF helped out a lot while I was attending SUNY Geneseo.  Even at a SUNY school, the costs of a college education are formidable.  Despite worrisome headlines about rising tuition costs and startling levels of student loan debt, the Allegany County community should take pride in what it is able to provide for its college-bound youth.
The Belva A. Waite Memorial scholarship helped supplement my undergraduate tuition costs and pay for books, which allowed me to finish my Bachelor’s degree with relatively little student loan debt.  After leaving Geneseo in 2010 with a B.A. in Psychology, I entered an accelerated baccalaureate nursing program at Binghamton University, graduating in 2011.  For the last three-and-a-half years I have been an RN in an Intensive Care Unit, which has been the most rewarding and challenging endeavor of my life, thus far.  As of this past Fall, I am also pursuing my Master’s degree at Binghamton University, part-time, to become a Nurse Practitioner.
Having utilized Federal Student Loans, I can tell you that every bit of assistance from grants and scholarships really does help.  I am fortunate to have had scholarship funds in the past, as they lessened the financial burden from my undergraduate studies.  The scholarship from the Allegany County Area Foundation helped me achieve my career and educational goals, and I hope it continues to do so for future recipients for years to come.  I would like to thank the ACAF not only for the scholarship that was given to me, but also for the service you provide to our community.  Best wishes for continued success, and congratulations to future scholarship recipients!
Best,
Tim Flurschutz, WHS Class of ’06