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Recent ASPSF graduate returns to volunteer

Janna Worbington graduated in 2022 from Central Baptist College. Her two sons and younger brother celebrated the achievement with her. Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund is excited to honor Janna Worbington as the Volunteer of the Month for March 2023.  Janna began volunteering with the ASPSF West Central Region last fall, right after graduating from Central Baptist College summa cum laude with a stellar 3.94 GPA and as a member of the Alpha Chi National Honors Society. She receive... Read More
Posted by Jen Para at 3/7/23

Returning to school twice, single mom never gave up on her dream of becoming a nurse

Deanna McHenry is counting down the days until her May 13 graduation. “I can’t wait for the moment I walk across that stage and tell my son that this was all for him,” she said. The four-time Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund recipient will graduate as a registered nurse from National Park College – her dream since she was 13 years old.  Once she has her diploma, Deanna plans to work at CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs and continue for her bachelor’s degre... Read More
Posted by Jen Para at 2/24/23

Supporter Spotlight: Jake Hambleton

Texarkana’s very own Jake from State Farm — the agent, not the actor — doesn’t wear khakis every day, but he is a good neighbor! “I love meeting people from all walks of life and assisting them with their insurance needs,” he said.  Jake began donating to ASPSF in 2021. He gives because investing in single parents benefits his entire community, not just an individual. And thanks to a company-matching program, his gifts go even further.  “All... Read More
Posted by Jen Para at 2/20/23

Your generosity gave hope to Valerie during an uncertain time

As if finals aren’t already hard enough, rising prices are making everything harder. Last fall, Valerie was worried how she’d get through the holidays with her three kids. She wasn’t sure she’d be able to buy gifts, let alone necessities.  Then, a simple trip to the mailbox left her in happy tears. She’d received a special “inflation fighter” stipend check made possible by you! With your help, we surprised every fall recipient with this extra ai... Read More
Posted by Jen Para at 2/14/23

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

Alumna ‘didn’t have to choose’ among school, job, and parenthood because of single parent scholarship

Rachel Childers gushes gratitude for the support she received from Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund. While attending Benton Beauty Academy, the aid covered nearly all her tuition for the yearlong program. This allowed her to spend more time with her 10-year-old son, Gabe, because she didn’t have to work full-time while attending trade school. “As a single parent, having resources is so important,” she said. “The scholarship allowed me to focus on school &mda... Read More
Posted by Jen Para at 1/31/23

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

Single mom returns to school to give back to Boone County

Ferrin C. (left) receives her Fall 2022 scholarship from Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund Program Manager Kim Paul-Williams. For the past seven years, Ferrin C. has worked in Boone County’s nonprofit field, supporting family development programs to help low-income families find self-reliance. However, she found herself wanting to do more for her clients and her 10-year-old son, Jamon. She realized furthering her education would advance her career and benefit her clients. &ld... Read More
Posted by Jen Para at 12/13/22

ASPSF thanks 2 Southeast Region volunteers for their service

For the month of December, Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund (ASPSF) is recognizing not one but two outstanding volunteers in the Southeast Region! Congratulations to Brian Wells and Aaron Simpson, both of Monticello, as ASPSF's December 2022 Volunteers of the Month.  Program Manager Kerron Simpson described Brian and Aaron, who are her brothers, as behind-the-scenes volunteers who were raised in a single parent home. They passionately believe in empowering single parents to ... Read More
Posted by Jen Para at 12/5/22

Single parents say thanks

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund! We’re grateful to our donors, volunteers, and community partners who help single parent students across Arkansas get the resources they need to build a brighter future for their families. Our students say it best! Read their thanks below. “ASPSF hasn’t just helped me financially, it has also given me usable life skills with the handbook and workshops. I am thankful to the donors who make this... Read More
Posted by Jen Para at 11/17/22