ARKANSAS SINGLE PARENT SCHOLARSHIP FUND, INC

Rating: 4.58 stars   12 reviews

Issues: Education

Location: 614 E Emma Ave Ste 119 Springdale AR 72764 USA

Mission: To enable single parents to attain self-sufficiency through higher education
Geographic areas served: state of Arkansas

2010 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 2 stars  

I am not sure about how the program works but I know that my daughter applied and was told the she was on probation from appling until2012 .Whomever she spoke with was extremely rude . In spite of her not recieveing this scholarship she was still able to attend and continues
to make A'&B's my question who qualifies for this scholarship. I don't know the name of the person but I would like to thank her because she has helped want to strive for excellance. Again thank you for being so rude.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

have not

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would have people who have experienced being a single that achieved a higher education somewhere in the organization.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Unsure

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

How did you learn about this organization?

thru my daughter

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 4 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

At our presentation ceremonies I have oberved children proud of "Mom", "Mom" showing increased self-confidence and esteem, and one teen-age boy told me with great anticipation in his voice," I will get a new pair of pants now that we have the money! One of the ladies would have to quit school as her brakes on her old car had failed. With tears in her eyes she hugged my neck and thanked me. Observed events and responses makes me happy to be a part of this organization.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

by seeing families depart from being dependant on food stamps into a world of sufficiency and a tax-paying citizen. The Chamber of commerce selected it as the out-standing non-profit organization of the year in 2008.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

Many students in the health occupations programs are single parents. This scholarship money has allowed them to put gas into the car or to buy a needed book for class. The struggle to be successful in post HS education is made a little less stressful.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my community. More people have been invited to join as supporters and money for our portion of the scholarship has been increased.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Joining with others who support the mission of the organization.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

The single parent scholarship fund has been a blessing to the state and especially my local community. Through the help of matching grants we have been able to help so many parents finish their secondary education and that has helped pull them out of the poverty level. Get involved or recommend a person that you know is a single parent trying to finish their education.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my local community.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

The Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Program has been, and continues to be, such a blessing for so many. It encourages and enables single parents to return to college for that all important degree so they can provide a better living for their children. It encourages and enables the children of single parents to strive more in school and continue their education to that college degree. It encourages and enables business leaders of the community to expand employment opportunities. And it encourages and enables communities to reach out through volunteer efforts.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the gratitude and success of our county recipients and graduates.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

There is nothing more rewarding than seeing a single parent often told that she will never amount to anyting or having been abused in a variety of ways enter the program. To watch them progress, with increased self estime and confidence is nothing short of amazing. This is as a result of the Arkansas State Single Parent Scholarship Fund and the encouragement, support, help with fundraising that they give to the county chapters in AR.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have seen women go from Poverty to Prosperity. I watched them become teachers, nurses, social workers, attorney's and a physician. In addition I have watched a change in attitude of many of their children who have learned to value education.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

In 2000 some dedicated community members in three adjacent counties came together in their respective areas to form the Polk, Scott, and Montgomery Co. SPSF boards. Since that time each county has grown in commitment to the cause of increasing opportunities for their single parents through education. The groups moved from giving 4 scholarships each to nearly 40 a year now (between the 3 counties). What a joy to be a part of a selfless organization on the state level and local level too.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have seen single parents graduate, go to work to fulfill their dreams for themselves and to provide for their children, and develop leadership ability in the SPSF county affiliates.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Seek regional assistance from the state office for all counties.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Focus on assisting other help themselves

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

focused on the work to assist single parents

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

give more scholarships through matching funds, provide outreach staff to assist volunteer county organizations, and develop endowments

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to assist

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

continued funding and staffing

One thing I'd also say is that...

one cannot find an organization more committed to making like better for single parents and their children

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

In 2006, I was asked to serve on the Ouachita County Single Parent Scholarship Fund board of directors. At that time, I volunteered to serve as president and am still president of that board today. Having been a single parent myself, words cannot begin to express the joy that I get from bringing a ray of sunlight into the lives of the single parents that we financially assist with their educational endeavors. We have seen many of our recipients graduate and obtain employment thereby providing a better life for themselves and their children. I volunteer in my community in numerous capacities but the single parent scholarship program is by far the most rewarding activity in which I participate. Since 2006, we have awarded in excess of $24,500 in scholarships which represents more than 33 individuals assisted.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the number of our recipients who have graduated college and obtained employment. We have one graduate currently enrolled in law school.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Since all of the funds for our affiliate are raised locally, I wish that I could find that one "big" fundraiser that we could do each year. We raise enough money to meet our match each year but I believe that we can do even better than that.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

seeing the eyes of our recipients light up when they receive their scholarship check.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very helpful and cooperative.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

provide larger scholarship awards to its recipients.

Ways to make it better...

we had more money.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

raising funds in order to be able to continue awarding scholarships.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I love the single parent scholarship program!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

In 1999 I made a decision to go back to school to get my degree. I had two young children at the time so this was a real undertaking. Not only did I go to school full time, I also had to work to support my family. I was thrilled to find out scholarships were available to people like me. When you are an adult leaner, there are not many funding options outside of student loans. Receiving the Single Parent Scholarship gave me some much needed funds and also boosted my self-confidence. I graduated in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree and now am a board member of this wonderful group. Empowering people to help themselves is one of the noblest undertakings I have ever been involved with. I cannot say enough about how great this group is!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Yes, this group helped me graduate from college.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

Letters are easy to write when the subject is an organization such as you. I particularly want to thank you for the many lives you have touched over the years. Your ability to work as a positive team, your well organized manner, and your geniune concerns for helping those in need is obvious to all who worked with you. It makes me very happy to know that your excellence, enthusiasm, and concerns for those in need never change. Keep up the good work! Lloyd Huskey, Former Board Member SPSF-Little Rock

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The SPSF Board in Pulaski County was very great to work with. I really enjoyed working with so many wonderful people who served on the board.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-1-01

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