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Graduate gives back to community, motivates youth

When Tara Stabile was a high school senior, she found herself in quite a predicament. She knew college was in her immediate future, but when she began the search for scholarships she found that they were all being awarded to those classmates voted "Most Likely To Succeed." Tara, on the other hand, had been voted "Class Clown" as well as "Class Trouble Maker".

But Tara refused to surrender her academic future. She knew that her heart and desire to succeed would remain academic assets no standardized test could measure. She worked hard towards receiving a bachelor of psychology degree and a master's degree in mental health counseling. Her educational dynasty was complete when she received her Doctorate of Education degree in Organizational Leadership from Argosy University, Sarasota.

According to Tara, the quality of its doctoral programs in addition to the well-respected faculty made Argosy University, Sarasota an obvious choice. She was also impressed with its excellent reputation for working with adult students. At Argosy University, Sarasota, Tara found the opportunity to increase her professional value in an encouraging atmosphere. She credits the faculty at Argosy University, Sarasota for helping her fulfill her dream. "I really thought at times that I would not finish my doctoral dissertation but my dissertation committee encouraged me to continue on! They believed in me and my ability."

Tara left Argosy University, Sarasota feeling confident and eager. "When I applied for various positions, I knew that I would definitely be considered because of the top notch education I received at Argosy University, Sarasota." Currently employed by The Boys & Girls Club of the Suncoast in Pinellas County, FL as the Director of Adolescent Services, Tara is considered an expert in the field of youth development and youth empowerment. She also teaches at the University of Phoenix. Tara believes her doctorate from Argosy University, Sarasota will allow her to reach her ultimate career goal. "My dream is to become a full time faculty member at a reputable University. When I do apply for a position, I know I will definitely be considered because of the top-notch education I received at Argosy University, Sarasota."

Tara Stabile's story of ignoring skeptics and uncovering hidden potential would inspire any high school student. And in order to ease the burden on today's generation, Stabile has teamed up with fellow Homer-Center High School graduate Mileah Kromer to establish the Stabile-Kromer Scholarship. The women created the fund to support students who do not meet the traditional qualifications for scholarships. The founders believe that all students deserve an opportunity to continue their education regardless of their performance on standardized tests and grade point average.

Today, Tara continues to channel her high school days in order to relate to troubled youth. "My experience in high school has directly related to what I do now. When I work with youth, I look for those who are seeking attention and give them more attention than they need. If an adult takes the time to mentor and help youth move in a positive direction they will almost always comply with the expectations. Nothing is more rewarding than proving to others that you can succeed!"

"Continuing my education at Argosy University, Sarasota has definitely increased my value to both employers and clients." - Tara Stabile