How to Apply
If you are a resident of Jefferson County, Arkansas and wish to apply for a Single Parent Scholarship, read the eligibility guidelines and application instructions below to get started.
- Resident of Jefferson County, Arkansas (for the past 6 months)
- Single head of household (unmarried, divorced, or widowed). Those who are separated (by legal decree or otherwise) are not eligible for this scholarship.
- Have sole custody of a child (younger than age 18)
- Earned a high school diploma or GED
- Currently pursuing an undergraduate or vocational degree or certification, full- or part-time (minimum 9 credit hours), during the semester for which this scholarship will be used. Your chosen program must be one that will allow you to earn a living wage and provide a better standard of living for your family.
- If attending college for the first time, you must have a high school cumulative GPA of 2.50 or better.
- If a current college student, you must have and maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or better in all current and prior college coursework.
- Applicants that have previously earned an undergraduate degree are not eligible for this scholarship, with the exception of those pursuing a Master of Arts in Teaching.
- Recipient of a Pell Grant (FAFSA). If you are not eligible for a Pell Grant, you will be required to provide an explanation of your ineligibility.
- If attending an institution not using the traditional semester system, call us (above) prior to applying for this scholarship to verify your eligibility.
Video Tutorial: How to Apply
- Review the Eligibility Guidelines (above) and the list of Required Supporting Documents (below).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 list of required documents below must be submitted with your completed application form by the application deadline (above). Contact us if you are unable to provide any of the required items. These documents may be submitted either of the following ways:
- Attach electronic copies of documentation to your application using the Upload Tool found in the Supporting Documents section of the application. Be sure to attach these documents to your application before you submit it. Tutorial: How to scan & upload documents
- Mail paper copies of documentation to the JCSPSF Awards Committee (above). Any documentation sent by mail must be postmarked by the application deadline to be accepted. Items mailed with insufficient postage or COD will not be accepted.
List of Required Documents: (Failure to follow the instructions below may result in denial of your application.)
- A completed online application form,
- Proof of (a) your status as head of household, and (b) your residence in Jefferson County for at least six (6) months prior to your scholarship application. Examples:
- Utility bill at least six (6) months old, showing the account in your name,
- Letter or statement from a utility company verifying an account in your name for the past six (6) months,
- Copy of a paid Jefferson County tax receipt (personal property or real estate) for the previous year,
- Copy of a signed lease in your name for housing in Jefferson County that is dated at least 6 months prior to your scholarship application.
- If attending college or vocational school for first time, provide complete high school transcript(s).
- If you are a returning college or vocational student, provide complete transcript(s) of all college coursework that applies toward your current degree.
- a current or former employer,
- a college or vocational instructor or advisor, and
- a character reference or reference that can speak about your volunteerism or community service experience.
- Identify two (2) of your long-term educational, personal, or career goals. (Example: “I will become the head of my company’s graphics design department”)
- Break each long-term goal into several short-term goals that you hope to accomplish within a shorter amount of time. (Example: A short-term goal needed to accomplish becoming the head of the graphics design department would be “I will learn how to use my company’s new graphics software”)
- For each short-term goal, include a specific deadline by which you plan to accomplish the goal (Example: “I will learn the graphics design software by the end of next month”).
- For each short-term goal, describe how you plan to accomplish it (Example, “I will enroll in a graphics design course”).
- an award letter from your school's financial aid office,
- a copy of your Student Aid Report (SAR) or other documentation verifying receipt of your Pell Grant.
- If you are not eligible for a Pell Grant, provide a written explanation of your ineligibility. This explanation will be reviewed by the Awards Committee, and does not guarantee your eligibility for this scholarship.
Note: The Awards Committee reserves the right to require additional information such as proof of income, child custody, marital status, and/or copies of official transcripts to verify eligibility should the Committee deem it necessary.
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