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Causes: Education, Scholarships, Scholarships & Student Financial Aid

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

Target demographics: Single parents complete post-secondary degrees or skilled trade certificates, allowing them to secure sustainable employment at a family supporting income and raise their families out of poverty..

Direct beneficiaries per year: provided 1,687 scholarships across Arkansas

Geographic areas served: State of Arkansas and Bowie County, Texas

Programs: * Financial assistance in the form of discretionary scholarships which parents may use for any combination of school or household expenses. *Personal and professional development workshops * Mentoring and coaching

Community Stories

40 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Sherry B.6

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a member of the ASPSF board for several years and I still feel that this organization is so beneficial to single parents. I have watched many individuals return to school or finish a degree who otherwise may not have been able to do so. Additionally, this program teaches single parents life skills and soft skills for employment which is very needed in today's world. I cannot say enough about the good that this organization does and I am proud to be part of it.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

ASPSF is doing great work every day to help single parents go back to school. They don't only give them money to help though. They also provide guidance, training, workshops, etc. to help them be more successful! This non-profit not only helps that parent and their immediate family but it helps the community. It allows children to witness their parent's success and that parent to provide a more financially stable and fulfilling career. However, it helps that community, that town, and our state as a whole. Such a great organization with a very worthwhile cause!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I was introduced to the Single Parent Scholarship at my Rotary Club program. I introduced myself to the speaker, who welcomed my desire to help. I have supported their fundraising raising. have also volunteered as a mentor and participated in applicant interviews. I am a retired priest (Episcopal church) and have lots of experience with volunteer organizations. Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund, understands the financial needs of single parents students, they also understand the correlative social drivers that make for successful families. I am looking forward to continuing my financial support and volunteering time to support single parents who are trying to provide a healthy supporting family in which their children will grow into healthy, happy, giving adults. Rev. Dr. Scott Trotter

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I’ve been supporting this important organization for approx 8 years. They have positively impacted hundreds of lives during that time.

Previous Stories
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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've volunteered with Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund for the past seven years. This has allowed me to get to know the students who apply for scholarships and watch their success throughout their educational careers and sometimes beyond. I review applications, conduct interviews, participate in scholarships receptions, provide mentoring, organize personal development opportunities, and assist with fundraising. ASPSF is much more than just a presenter of checks. We really develop relationships with our recipients to provide more than just financial support. Even a pandemic and a cold, blustery day couldn't keep us from celebrating our scholars!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Sally, volunteer
I LOVE this nonprofit organization! Reading the forms of these deserving parents who want to better themselves for their children and of course them makes your heart melt. Then to interview(my favorite part) is so rewarding for me. They have such obstacles to overcome but continue to put education first. These parents work hard, care for their families and have their goals set. Volunteering for this organization is special, like the parents we serve.

1 Deaseree C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

ASPSF helped me reach my goal of finishing my bachelor's degree. I am now a proud volunteer and I can't wait to help serve by giving my time and talent! Thank you ASPSF for all you do for the great state of Arkansas!!!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with this agency in Central Arkansas for several years. Unfortunately my demanding career made it hard to keep doing it but in those years, I saw so many success stories being created.
I watched a lady with three young boys gain so much confidence obtain a bachelor's degree and start on her master's.
I met so many students who were the first in their families to obtain a college degree.
This organization provided more than money, they provided classes on budgeting, buying a home and connected the students with organizations in the community to help them achieve their goals.
Money donated to this agency is money well spent.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so thankful to be apart of this Single Parent Scholarship program. This program has helped me tremendously. I enjoy all the different assets that bring to this program for example, setting different workshops such as dental workshops, first time home buyers and etc. Without this scholarship I would never be able to afford books and other material for school. The staff is beyond helpful and always available to help and do whatever it takes to make sure that you have successful career and that you have everything that you need because these individuals understand how it is to be a single parent and need help. I would recommend that if you are a single parent please please please enroll and see how easier things can be with the help of the staff of the Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am truly grateful for the Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund! As a non- traditional student, I really didn't know how I would make it, but I knew that I needed more education to secure the future of my family as a single parent. Thank GOD I am coming closer to my goal of being a medical scientist! I will be able to pay for my children's education, and give them a GREAT start in life! I am SOOO appreciative of Ms. Kerron Simpson for helping me through the processes, and always sharing her positive energy! I pray to one day be able to contribute to the fund substantially!!!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

ASPSF has helped several of my former students attend college and receive their degrees. I am honored to work with this non-profit to help fundraise and find applicants for the program!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

The ASPSF has helped me tremendously in the past 2 years as I've tried to balance being a single parent and continuing my education. I've also learned so much through the access to the virtual workshops that have been provided. The scholarship fund has really lightened the load of obstacles one must face when trying to accomplish their goals and take care of the responsibilities of home life. I am grateful for everything they have done and continue to do for me and people like me.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with this ASPS for many years. I feel extremely BLESSED to be a part of this organization. Being able to provide Single Parents with valuable resources and financial assistance to reach their goals makes my heart SMILE!!!!

1 Samantha E.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

ASPSF is the best program ever! Their staff are so encouraging. The program provides financial scholarships, life skill classes , and so much more! Empowering single parents to reach their dreams !

1 Amy L.12

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been a recipient of the Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund. This organization has been a great help to me while being a single parent pursuing a higher education to better my family. The organization is wonderful because they do more than give scholarships. They offer workshops which I think adds to life skills that can be applied to better your life if used. I think this is what makes them amazing because the organization thinks about ways to enhance their recipient's life beyond helping with their education.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

ASPSF has helped me so much in these last four years financially in being able to get back and fourth to school, school supplies, supplies for me and my son as well as being able to obtain information through the ASPSF informational workshops i attended throughout receiving this scholarship. I am so appreciative of all the support and financially stability from the staff. Without this scholarship i don't know where i would be. I am so appreciative and grateful!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship is a wonderful organization that help single parents. They give you the extra push you need to finish school and pursue a great career for your family. ASPS also provide parents with many helpful workshops that’ll help you out in the future. Keep up the great work!

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been so very fortunate to be involved with Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund for the past 6 years. As a volunteer initially, it was so very rewarding to see first hand how lives were being changed due to ASPSF's resources. Not just lives of the single parent students but, long-term, the lives of their children who will go on to have a better future because of their parent's decision to seek something better for themselves and their family. I now help serve the organization as a board member and I'm extremely proud to be associated with such a fantastic organization.

2 Betsy B.1

Donor

Rating: 5

ASPSF has been a great charity to support in my community. I see real tangible results in the number of students to whom they award scholarships but also all of the other activities and support they give students. As a donor, I regularly receive updates on the ways they help students. These updates are very specific, such as discussing workshops hosted or financial assistance with computers, and give me comfort that my donations are well spent. Well run and a great asset to our state.

Donor

Rating: 5

Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund is a wonderful organization that supports single parents as they pursue higher education while also fostering promising futures for their children.

2 Tony E. T.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved in the organization as a volunteer and as a member of the Board of Director's that provide statewide oversight of program operations. This is one of the most impactful organizations I have been involved with when you consider the ability to support generational change in the lives of single-parents and families in Arkansas. The financial support is tangible but not the only support provided. Parenting and college survival workshops aid parents in adapting to the world of academia they now find themselves. SUPPORT Matters! Especially when it comes to breaking the often generational cycle of poverty.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

You don't often see a nonprofit with the success rate this one has. According to research, when the Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund supports a single parent, they go on to graduate, and improve their income from poverty to prosperity over 90% of the time. And, their children learn and grow along with them. It is more than money - it is mentorship, networking and a vote of confidence.

I am always inspired by the stories of our students and love volunteering with this organization.

Donor

Rating: 5

Amazing organization that seeks to end the poverty cycle!!! ASPSF offers not only monetary scholarships for educational and day to day expenses, but also workshops to gain practical life skills with auto repair, financial products, cooking and more!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

As an Alumni of the scholarship and now Board member, I can say that this scholarship breaks down the barrier of poverty by helping single parents achieve their educational goals. The scholarship is more than just funds to pay a bill. The workshops, mentors, and one-on-one relationships are what set this scholarship apart from the rest. Giving a single parent positive support and acknowledging the individual struggles that come their way with empathy is just one aspect of this scholarship that truly helps the students be successful.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering for this organization at the county level for about six years. It’s hard to put into words how gratifying it is to be able to financially help struggling single parents who are trying to improve their family’s standard of living through education. Our goal is to help them escape poverty by qualifying for better paying jobs through technical training or college. A secondary benefit is seeing the impact this has on the children. They see their parents placing a high value on education. In the poverty community, there is generally not a high value given to education. So this ends up having a multi-generational impact. This also helps the community as the graduates become self supporting and no longer require financial support from the community. It’s a win-win-win situation.

Kudos to the Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund for 30+ years of service to both individuals and communities! And for the outstanding leadership provided from Headquarters to the county level.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

ASPSF helps eligible single parents in Arkansas build a new future for their families. Through this organization, both part-time and full-time single-parent students are able to pursue a post-secondary education, including associate’s degrees, bachelor’s degrees, and certificate programs. ASPSF also make referrals to additional services to help with other needs, and offer developmental programs to help with job readiness.

ASPSF scholarships not only help with school costs. They can be used for household expenses, daycare costs, commuting expenses, and more while the single parent is in school. The ASPSF staff walk alongside the recipients, supporting them through school to graduation and into sustainable employment with family-supporting wages.

ASPSF creates life-changing opportunities for families by empowering single mothers and fathers to pursue their education, increase their income, and raise the standard of living for themselves and their families. This organization helps single parents to achieve their dream of obtaining a college degree!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What a great organization that breaks the cycle of poverty! By enabling single parents to gain an education, they are allowing families to thrive. What makes this organization so unique, scholarship funds can be used for whatever makes it possible for the single parent to succeed.

Children of single parents now see possibility in their future just as they have watched their parent succeed with hard work and a great support system provided by ASPSF. It is not simply funds but mentoring that adds to the success of this program.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Each semester there is that one recipient whose educational journey leaves you amazed by the strength and commitment of the single parent. I encourage everyone to volunteer with this organization you will be making a difference in your community.

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.

1

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.

1

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.

1

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.

2

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.

1

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.

1

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.

1

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

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

This organization can be summed up in one word: transformational. This group does excellent work across the state to provide funding for higher education expenses.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am a director of a program on the campus of Arkansas State University Mountain Home Ar. of a program designed to assist students enroll in a two year college.We request all of our potential students to apply for the Single Parent Scholarship funds as it is an organizaton that helps single parents with their needs while attending school.These students are all so greatful when they receive a scholarship and it is so rewarding to see and hear their praises of receiving a single parent scholarship. It also is rewarding to us to see and hear of these students being siccessful in life and knowing that we had a helping hand in their success.