Crawford, Franklin & Sebastian Counties

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Owen Shackelford, Executive Director
Phone: (479) 434-6171
Fax: (479) 434-4310
Email: owen@spsf-cfs.org
Mailing Address
Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Crawford, Franklin & Sebastian Counties
PO Box 8108
Fort Smith, AR 72916
Physical Address
Inside the Bank of the Ozarks building
5401 Rogers Avenue Suite 204
Fort Smith, AR 72903

Application Deadlines

Fall - August 5

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If an application link doesn't appear below, please check back later.

How to Apply

If you are a resident of Crawford, Franklin or Sebastian County, Arkansas and wish to apply for a Single Parent Scholarship, read the eligibility guidelines and application instructions below to get started.

Eligibility Guidelines

Application Instructions

Video Tutorial: How to Apply

  1. Review the Eligibility Guidelines (above) and the list of Required Supporting Documents (below).
  2. Collect all required supporting documents. Scan or save them to your computer or to a portable drive in one of the following file formats: PDF, XLS (or XLSX), DOC (or DOCX), or RTF. Read the Tutorial: How to Scan & Upload Documents if you need help.
  3. Click the application link to apply each semester that you wish to be considered for a scholarship. If an application link isn't available, it means that applications are not currently being accepted. Please check back later. NOTE: You will not be able to apply without clicking the application link first.
  4. Login to your account. Contact the SPSF (above) if you don't remember your username or password. Create a new account if you don't have one. 
  5. Complete your application. You can save your work and log back into your account at a later time if you cannot complete your application in one sitting. Be sure to proofread your application and upload all required supporting documents before you are ready to submit it. You cannot make changes to your application once it has been submitted.
  6. Submit your application. You will see a SUBMISSION SUCCESSFUL message on your screen if your application is submitted successfully. Contact the SPSF (above) if you need to alert us about missing or incorrect information on your application.
  7. Check the status of your application and update your personal profile by logging into your account.
    DRAFT status means your application has not been submitted or received yet.
    SUBMITTED means your application has been received and is awaiting further review.
    UNDER REVIEW means the Selection Committee is reviewing your application.
    AWARDED or DENIED indicates the Selection Committee’s final decision.
  8. Attend an interview with the Single Parent Scholarship committee. Interview appointments are scheduled after the application deadline.

Required Supporting Documents

The following documents are required and must be submitted with your completed application form by the application deadline (above). Use the Upload Tool found in the Supporting Documents section of the application to attach the documents. Be sure to attach these documents to your application before you submit it.

Tutorial: How to scan & upload documents

New Applicants (Applicants who did not receive this scholarship last semester or who are applying for the first time)

  • All items listed under All Applicants (below)
  • (If you are divorced or legally separated) Copy of your divorce decree or other legal documents that indicate your marital status
  • Copy of your latest electric bill that shows your current residence
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation by people who are familiar with your work ethic and character. Each letter must explain your relationship to your reference. References may be from a current or former employer, instructor, or leader from an organization of which you are involved. Letters from your relatives will not be accepted.
  • Personal statement about yourself that includes the following information:
    • Introduction of yourself and your family.
    • Describe your personal, educational, and career goals.
    • Describe how this scholarship will be used.
    • Describe your recent community service experience, if any.
    • Include any other information about yourself that you would like us to know.

All Applicants:

  • Pell Grant (FAFSA) – a letter or statement from your school’s Financial Aid Office that states your approval or denial for financial aid and award amount for the semester in which this scholarship is to be used.
  • Proof of enrollment for the semester for which you are seeking a scholarship. Acceptable documents are a copy of your class schedule or an enrollment or acceptance letter from your school(s).
  • Copy of your high school transcript, GED test scores, or college transcript, whichever is most recent.
  • Copy of your most recent federal tax return (summary page only)
  • A written explanation of any required documentation that you're missing or unable to provide.


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