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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Scholarships, Scholarships & Student Financial Aid

Mission: To enable single parents to attain self-sufficiency through higher education

Geographic areas served: state of Arkansas

Programs: Initiation and development of community based incentive scholarship funds within the counties of the state of arkansas for the purpose of helping single parents further their education in institutions of higher learning.

Community Stories

12 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 2

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 4

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 4

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.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

4

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

4

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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!

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Former Volunteer

Rating: 5

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