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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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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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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... Read More
at 3/29/22
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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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ASPSF’s Kerron Simpson works to grow Black girls' representation

Kerron Simpson said she first began to understand the importance of representation and its important role in growing leaders while studying at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. “I am a Black woman who was born and raised in the Arkansas Delta where representation is limited but talent is bountiful,” Kerron said. “Just seeing African American students from all over the country and world [at UAPB] gave me a quick sense of pride. I had black maintenance workers,... Read More
at 3/16/22
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