Jackson County


Betty Castling
SPSF Chair
Phone: (870) 523-9828 ext 120
Fax: (870) 523-6107
Email: betty.castling1@dhs.arkansas.gov
Mailing Address
Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Jackson County
PO Box 1841
Newport, AR 72112
Technical Support
Kim Rowland-Dollins
Field Director, Northeast Region

Application Deadlines

Spring - January 30
Summer - June 15
Fall - August 15

IMPORTANT: Our application is now ONLINE ONLY! Please carefully read the Application Instructions (below) and contact us if you need help for have questions.


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

How to Apply

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

Award Guidelines

Scholarship amounts may vary. If you withdraw from 2 or more classes during the semester in which this scholarship will be used, your award may be revoked (in part or whole) or be disqualified from further support from the Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Jackson County.

Eligibility Guidelines

  • A resident of Jackson County, Arkansas and a legal resident of the United States (or a resident with DACA status).
  • A single parent is one who has certain marital status and is the custodial birth parent or guardian of at least one dependent child. Single parents may be: never married, widowed, divorced, legally separated, or living apart and whose divorce will be final by the time the scholarship award is made. Eligible applicants may have a roommate or may live with a family member, but may not live with domestic partners or adults who also serve as parents or guardians to the applicant’s children.
  • A high school graduate or have completed a GED.
  • Have low to moderate household income, typically not more than 250% of Federal Poverty Guidelines.
  • In the process of completing or have completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Applicants are not required to apply for the FAFSA if you have DACA status or if the FAFSA is not available to students in your chosen training program.
  • Have not previously earned a Bachelor’s degree.
  • Attending or planning to attend an ASPSF approved post-secondary school or training agency.
  • Pursuing a program of study that leads to employment that allows the family to move into economic self-sufficiency.
  • Applicant has and maintains a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least a 2.0

Application Instructions

Video Tutorial: How to Apply

  1. Review the Eligibility Guidelines (above), list of Required Supporting Documents (below), and Application Instructions.
  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: To begin a blank application each semester, you must first click the application link (above). If you try to login to your account before clicking the application link, you will not be able to apply.
  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 when 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). Use the Upload Tool found in the Supporting Documents section of the application to attach these documents. Be sure to attach the documents to your application before you submit it.

Tutorial: How to scan & upload documents

  1. A copy of your class schedule for the semester this scholarship will be used. If a class schedule is not available at the time of application, provide an enrollment or acceptance letter from the school. (You will still be required to provide a copy of your schedule once it becomes available.)
  2. A copy of your high school transcript, GED test scores, or college transcript (whichever is most recent)
  3. A typewritten statement explaining the following:
    • why you chose your current program or course of study
    • what you hope to achieve with your education
    • If you are functioning as a custodial single parent for a child who is not your biological child, please explain the situation.
    • If you are living with a family member or a roommate, please explain the situation.
    • Include any other information about yourself that you believe would help the Selection Committee evaluate your scholarship application.
  4. ADHE Release form - Download and complete the form (found in the Documents section above)
  5. A court-filed document showing separate maintenance (only required if you are legally separated or in the process of divorce)

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  • Nov 2015 Volunteer of the Month
    Betty Castling, Chair, SPSF of Jackson County

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