Tara HistedDear Allegany County Area Foundation,

I graduated from Belfast Central in 2006 as salutatorian of my class. I was able to get a great scholarship to attend SUNY Brockport for nursing. It was through scholarships like the one I received from the Allegany County Area Foundation that I was able to avoid taking out any student loans, as well as cover additional fees such as books, nursing lab fees, etc.

I graduated from SUNY Brockport in 2010 Summa Cum Laude with my Bachelors of Science in Nursing. Since then I have been working at Strong Memorial Hospital as a nurse, now in the High Risk Labor and Delivery Unit. I am currently continuing my education at St. John Fisher College. I will graduate in December 2015 with my Master’s as a Clinical Nurse Specialist with a Women and Children’s focus.

I currently still reside in Brockport, where I live with my husband Joe Histed (also a native of Allegany County) and our golden retriever Jack! Both of our families still live in Belfast so we visit often and still consider it to be home! We are both very appreciative of where we grew up and the opportunities we were given!

Tara Histed