Jay Barth - Volunteer of the Month - January

The ASPSF team is thrilled to recognize Jay Barth as our January Volunteer of the Month. Jay has served on the Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund Board of Directors for 5 years. In addition to his terms as Vice President and President, he has also participated in fundraising efforts, special event planning and played a pivotal role in the ASPSF 2.0 process, helping to pave the way for a strong, efficient future with a new organizational model. Prior to his time with ASPSF,... Read More
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Celebrating the Life of Co-Founder Ralph Nesson

It is with heavy hearts that we mourn the loss of Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund founder and 23-year director, Ralph Nesson. But today, more than ever, we celebrate his vision and the great contributions he made to our community and our state.   In addition to his service at ASPSF, Ralph was a co-founder of the entire Single Parent Scholarship Fund program, past director of Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Washington County (now SPSF NWA), and most recently, founder and... Read More
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Bonnie Nickol Volunteer of the Month December

“My parents taught me education is the one thing no one can take from you. I became involved with SPSF when I realized it was also my responsibility to teach that mantra to single parents.” As a founding member of SPSF Pulaski County, Bonnie Nickol has worked hard to champion the needs of single parents in the community and has remained committed to helping them obtain educational and personal success. In 20+ years with the organization, Bonnie has served as a board member,... Read More
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Invest in Yourself

Guest Author: Dr. Kimberly Downing Robinson   Going to college can be a bit overwhelming if you’ve been out of the school routine for a while. Keeping the following in mind can help you settle in while you’re making this life-changing transition.   Invest in Yourself  As a nontraditional student, you have made a conscious decision to return to school. You understand the financial and personal cost to you and your family. While it may seem... Read More
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November Volunteer of the Month Doretta Griffin

Doretta Griffin began serving the single parents of Ashley County as a board member around 2011. As an administrator of Hamburg School District, she wears many hats and is known throughout her community. With the changes made with ASPSF, Doretta continued advocating for the single parents in the area as a volunteer. She values the many benefits of the scholarship and she recruits applicants throughout the year. Ashley County led the region in applications and awardees for the 2019 fall... Read More
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Time Management for Parents

Guest Author: Dr. Tina Root   Do you ever feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day? We do! And if you’re a student or a parent (or both!) it’s easy to see why. According to the Luminia Foundation (2019), 64% of college students work, with 40% of those students working full-time (2019). Today’s students are balancing work, school and family, all of which take time.   That means time management skills are vital for students to succeed. These... Read More
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October Volunteer of the Month - Erin Baker

Erin Travis Baker joined the ASPSF family in 2004 as a board member in Logan County. Erin has served in several capacities throughout her time with ASPSF. She is a key member of the Region 8 team and currently serves on the Region 8 Scholarship Committee. She is also on the fundraising committee which coordinates the annual Logan County Golf Tournament. Erin has been and continues to be instrumental in implementing the ASPSF 2.0 model. Her wealth of knowledge concerning ASPSF policies and... Read More
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September Volunteer of the Month - Rosie Staples

Rosie became a Phillips County single parent scholarship fund volunteer in 2013. A certified dietician, she quickly shared her skills by providing hands-on healthy cooking/eating workshops to the single parents of Region 4. Thanks to her workshops, participants gained hands-on experience by assisting in meal preparation. Students enjoyed cutting, chopping, measuring and, of course, tasting the fresh ingredients and partaking of the completed meal. They learned about proportion size, the value... Read More
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Stress Management for Nontraditional Students

Guest Author: Dr. Becky Timmons   Juggling work, family, and school can be daunting at times, especially as a single parent. Check out our tips for dealing with the stress in your life. Plan for   Nutrition . Know what you like to eat, what you should eat, and plan for snacks. Don’t go without eating. Take some time once a week to organize meals and snacks for both you and your family. Now is a good time to drink water and monitor your caffeine... Read More
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August Volunteer of the Month - Marvin Warren

Frequently, those of us who work in nonprofits lean heavily on our family and friends to help us get all the work done. Some respond graciously and others not so much, but one who has always gone above and beyond to be helpful is this month’s Volunteer of the Month, Marvin Warren . The husband of Region 6 Program Manager, Sandra Warren, Marvin is one of the very best “silent volunteers” and a true regional volunteer. He has shown immense support and encouragement to Sandra... Read More
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