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ASPSF's Wendy Stotts promotes community growth through Leadership Texarkana

Leadership Texas members, including ASPSF's Wendy Stotts (second from left), and employees of  Parkerson Lawn and Landscape and Red River Softwash  take a break from working on the Amtrak station's landscaping and brick washing. For the past 43 years , Leadership Texarkana has welcomed local leaders who want to take personal responsibility for the future of their community. One of these local leaders was Wendy Stotts , Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship... Read More
at 6/22/22
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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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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. ... Read More
at 6/14/22
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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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ASPSF volunteer Tina dedicates herself to helping students reach their academic, career-related goals

ASPSF volunteer Tina H., left, presents a scholarship to a recipient.  Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund - Ozark West Region is honored to recognize Tina H. as Volunteer of the Month for May 2022. Tina began volunteering with our Baxter County team not long before the COVID pandemic hit.  Then, as we all know, the world shut down. As things began to open back up, Tina was eager to get involved. As a volunteer for ASPSF, Tina has taken the lead with application... Read More
at 5/24/22
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How to apply to the Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund for Fall 2022

On May 18, Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund began accepting applications for Fall 2022. Here is everything you need to know about how to apply for a single parent scholarship! Why should I apply? ASPSF’s goal is to ease the financial burden of single parents wanting to improve the quality of life for themselves and for their families. We do this through flexible scholarships that can be used for the biggest financial obstacles in the way of school. And we provide many... Read More
at 5/20/22
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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... Read More
at 5/17/22
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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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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... Read More
at 4/18/22
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