Category: Student Spotlight

Single dads reflect on their favorite aspect of fatherhood

When people hear the term single parent, they typically picture a mom, but there are thousands of single dads in Arkansas raising kids, working, facing hardships, and — in the case of the single fathers we serve — going to school. For Father’s Day, Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund reached out to our single dads, asking them to share their favorite thing about fatherhood.  Here are their answers! “My favorite thing about being a father is... Read More
at 6/17/22
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ASPSF recipient shows her sons to never give up their dreams

Chelsea Phillips stands with her sons Tyler, left, and JaKayden. Chelsea is Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund's Student of The Month for June 2022.  At her May graduation ceremony, Chelsea Phillips received two surprises. The first was receiving the Florence Nightingale Award, which is South Arkansas Community College Betty Owen School of Practical Nursing’s highest honor. It recognizes a nursing student who goes above and beyond in the program to... Read More
Posted by Jen Para at 6/7/22
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First in family to attend postsecondary school, single mom says ASPSF ‘helped me keep my head above water’

Shalonda with her daughter, Catoria, and son, Kirdarion.  Shalonda Garner found herself in a situation like many single mothers find themselves: without a job, two young children, no child support, and a decision to make about the future. “I was working a factory job in Jonesboro, and I lost my job,” Shalonda said. “I thought, ‘I’m not going to sit around on my butt and do nothing,’ so I had to figure out what I was going to do.”... Read More
at 5/10/22
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Former stay-at-home mom finds support from ASPSF to study accounting

Loretta studies for her postsecondary accounting degree. Returning to college after 35 years? That’s not what Loretta had in mind for her 50s. But after decades as a stay-at-home mom, Loretta found herself at a crossroads.   She needed a way to support herself and her son still living at home. But she didn’t have the skills or work history to land a good job. Desperate, she turned to the fast-food industry. “I put in so many applications,” she... Read More
at 4/25/22
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ASPSF recipient Alana Sterling perseveres to become a registered nurse

Alana Sterling has fulfilled her lifelong dream of becoming a registered nurse. Alana Sterling is a single mother of two amazing girls. Alana, originally from Jamaica, lives in Conway with her two school-age daughters. Her path with Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund has been a long journey of success and accomplishment, and her hard work has led her to full-time employment as a registered nurse for the state of Arkansas. Alana’s journey with ASPSF began in 2014. At the... Read More
at 4/13/22
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With ASPSF's help, Jasandra Gil finds stability as she readies for graduation

Jasandra Gil, nursing student at University of Arkansas-Fort Smith, said her daughter, Roselle, is the "light of my life." Now in her final semester of college at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith, 23-year-old single mom Jasandra Gil feels like she is finally in a stable place in her life. She and her 4-year-old daughter, Roselle, have survived an abusive relationship, lack of family support, financial hardship, Jasandra’s diagnosis of rheumatoid... Read More
at 3/22/22
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