Hot Spring & Saline Counties


Matthias Elder
Phone: (501) 760-4264
Fax: (501) 760-4354
General Questions
Jane Yamauchi
Phone: (501) 760-6582
Fax: (501) 760-4398
Mailing Address
Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Garland County
PO Box 20116
Hot Springs, AR 71903

Application Deadlines

Fall - June 30

NOTICE: Funding for these scholarships is still pending. Awards will be announced in September or October.

How to Apply

For a limited time, residents of Hot Spring or Saline County, Arkansas, may apply for a special scholarship opportunity through the Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Garland County. This opportunity is provided in partnership between the Arkansas Department of Higher Education and the Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund.

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

Eligibility Guidelines

  • Resident of Hot Spring or Saline County, Arkansas
  • Single head of household.
  • Have custody of a child (younger than age 18)
  • Have low to moderate household income
  • Earned a high school diploma or GED
  • Enrolled in a course of study full- or part-time (minimum 6 credit hours)
  • Must maintain a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA
  • Applicants who have previously earned a bachelor's degree are not eligible for this scholarship, with the exception of those pursuing a Master of Arts in Teaching.
  • Receiving or eligible to receive a Pell Grant (FAFSA)

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.

Required Supporting Documents

The following documents are required and must be submitted with your completed application form by the application deadline (above). Documents must be saved as PDF files or as screenshots or images. Documents in Word format will not be accepted, with the exception of the personal essay. 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.

The National Park College Scholarship Office is available to help with the online application process and in uploading documentation.

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)

  • Personal essay - Must be a one page, typed, personal essay that describes your career objectives and financial need.
  • Two letters of recommendation - from non-relatives such as employer, professor, or pastor describing your character and work ethic and including the writer’s contact information
  • Official transcripts - including most recent semester (high school or college) or GED certificate and test scores
  • All items listed under All Applicants (below)

All Applicants:

  • Tax return - first page of most recent year. If you are exempt from filing a tax return, submit a Proof of Income statement from the Department of Human Services
  • Proof of enrollment - class schedule for upcoming semester or registrar verification
  • College transcript - from institution’s on line program
  • Pell Grant (FAFSA) – copy of your Student Aid Report (SAR), or letter from your school’s Financial Aid Office that states your approval or denial for financial aid during the semester for which this scholarship is to be used.


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  • Single Parent Scholarship Fund board member, Ann Hair

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