Category: Volunteer Spotlight

ASPSF honors Ouachita County volunteer for nearly 20 years of service

Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund is proud to recognize Gwendolyn Edwards for her volunteer service to single parents in Ouachita County. For nearly 20 years, she has assisted in fundraisers, applicant interviews, and awards ceremonies. She has also worked with the mentoring committee to assist scholarship recipients to organize their schedules while trying to work and go to school. Once a single parent herself, Gwendolyn is called to help as many single parents as possible to achie... Read More
Posted by Jen Para at 2/8/23

ASPSF alumna Kathy Smith ‘instrumental‘ in planning fundraising event

Volunteers like Kathy Smith help Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund fundraise successfully! Kathy played a key part in planning a benefit concert by county music star Trey Taylor last fall in Fort Smith.  She secured event sponsorships and in-kind donations, such as tablecloths. And on the day of the event, she welcomed guests at the front door and stayed late to clean up.  The fundraiser brought in thousands of dollars to help single parent students. To thank Kathy for he... Read More
Posted by Jen Para at 1/18/23

Wandra Williams recognized for 12 years as ASPSF volunteer

Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund is excited to announce Wandra Williams as the Volunteer of the Month for October 2022.  Wandra is the Director of Continuing Education/Community Services at Phillips Community College Helena-West Helena Campus, and she has volunteered with ASPSF for over 12 years. Wandra is the epitome of a super volunteer. The Phillips County resident is always encouraging our applicants, reminding them of the deadline. She also coordinates... Read More
Posted by Jen Para at 10/14/22

ASPSF alumna returns as volunteer in Lonoke County

It is a pleasure to announce Deborah Walters as Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund’s September 2022 Volunteer of the Month! Deborah, who lives in Lonoke County, began volunteering with ASPSF’s Central Region in December 2021 as a member of the Student Process Committee. Deborah was a scholarship recipient of the Logan County Single Parent Scholarship and earned her bachelor’s degree. She now works as a teacher and has a master’s d... Read More
at 9/15/22

ASPSF volunteer dedicates himself to public service, volunteerism

Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund is proud to recognize Tyler Dunegan as Volunteer of the Month for August 2022.  Tyler has been a longtime volunteer with Single Parent Scholarship in Mississippi County and is a vital part of the team in Northeast Arkansas. During Covid, Tyler passed out checks to local students at his office, and he was the primary interviewer in Mississippi County, jumping right into conducting interviews through Zoom to keep the application process movin... Read More
at 8/3/22

SAU Tech Financial Aid Director supports single parents as ASPSF volunteer

Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund Southwest Region is proud to recognize Connie Riley as the Volunteer of the Month for July 2022. Connie has been an ASPSF volunteer in Ouachita County since May 2021. She's the Director of Financial Aid at Southern Arkansas University Tech in Camden. SAU Tech affords her the opportunity to help students find resources for college and provide counseling and awareness on borrowing money.  As a new volunteer, Connie ha... Read More
at 7/12/22

Scholarship recipient Jessica Marks gives back as ASPSF volunteer

Jessica Marks (left) distributes Fall Scholarship checks and certificates. Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund Ozark Central Region is honored to recognize Jessica Marks as the Volunteer of the Month for June 2022. Jessica began her journey with Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund in 2017 as a scholarship recipient. Today, she helps other single parents achieve their educational and career goals as a key volunteer by coordinating student interviews and award programs. She also pr... Read More
at 6/14/22

Two Central Arkansas bankers give their time and talent to shape single-parent lives

As volunteers, Aaron Brooks and Lasha Marshall of Bank OZK introduce single-parent families to the life-changing power of education.  “I’ve seen in my own life that education is the key to building a better career and future,” said Aaron, who began volunteering in 2021 and credits Lasha for connecting him with our nonprofit. “I really appreciate the small role that I can play to make education a real possibility for single parents.” Aaron and Lasha use t... Read More
at 5/17/22

Rhea Williams celebrates 10 years as ASPSF volunteer

Rhea Williams works, and has worked for 22 years, as a Senior Vice President, Director of Compliance, at First Security Bank in downtown Conway. First Security Bank is a privately held company, founded in 1932, that offers solutions for the financial needs of individuals, businesses, and the public sector. Rhea’s primary responsibility is to ensure the bank is in compliance with federal and state consumer regulations. Rhea lives and works in Conway, Arkansas, in Faulkner County, and v... Read More
at 4/18/22

Thoughtful and organized, volunteer Erin Poe helps ASPSF students reach their goals

Over the past 10 years, Erin Poe has volunteered in every aspect with Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund. She has reviewed scholarship applications, interviewed students, coordinated award ceremonies and student workshops, written press releases, and has participated in local fundraising events. Erin is a quiet but skillful, thoughtful, organized, and loyal volunteer. She is eager and willing to patiently help our scholarship applicants through the process of applying for a scholarshi... Read More
at 3/29/22