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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Thinking About College? 4 Tips for Getting Started

Guest Author: Dr. Becky Timmons   Thinking about attending college, but not sure where to start? Here are some tips to guide your thoughts.....    1. Why do you want to go or return to college? Finding the right program to help you reach your career goals is key. Look at several careers to determine what you are interested in studying and then go to different college's websites to see if the program is offered. Will it be a four-year or two-year degree? How many... Read More
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July Volunteer of the Month - Spring Sneed

Spring Sneed has been faithfully serving single parent students in Craighead County with passion and commitment for more than four years. Spring has led the process of application reviews, interviewing applicants and fundraising efforts through regular letter campaigns and faithfully working every fundraising event opportunity. Spring has tirelessly sought ways to meet the ongoing needs of single parent students through writing and receiving mini-grants and by securing relationships... Read More
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Budget Cooking Workshop Offered to Students

At Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship, we are more than just a scholarship . We help students prepare for employment and for managing their new income. Through developmental workshops, we provide students with the tools to help manage day to day life. Some of our most popular workshops are centered around cooking and - more importantly - how to do so on a budget which is vital to our recipients. “There has been a lot of positive feedback on the cooking on a budget program,... Read More
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Single Dad Shows Sons the Power of Education

.embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 35%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 75%; height: 100%; }   To CJ Summerville, a father of 2, the most important aspect of parenting is to set a good example. “I’m really, really conscientious of making the statement ‘Don’t just preach it to teach it,’’ he... Read More
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