ASPSF Celebrates Single Parents In Cleburne County

Gynelle Linder hands out birthday cupcakes to celebrate ASPSF spring awards.

Heber Springs, Ark. (March 17, 2022) — Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund for Cleburne County celebrated the success of the spring scholarship recipients by hosting an awards ceremony and Dress for Success workshop at the Arkansas State University Adult Education Center in Heber Springs. The award program included family and friends of the four Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship recipients awarded. 

Volunteers Rena’ Kelley, Gynelle Linder, and Lawrie Music were on hand to present Spring Scholarships to Katherine Heirigs, Tina Barnes, Adrian Monroe, and Kayla Thomason. As part of the support provided to single parents by volunteers, Rena Kelley hosted a Dress for Success program and provided business outfits and youth clothing for all the Single Parent Recipients to select those items needed for successful interviews. Additionally, the volunteers provided birthday cupcakes to help celebrate the success of each of the single moms and wish them all a happy birthday. 

Spring Scholarship Recipient Tina Barnes said: “When I became a single mom, I had no idea how I was going to make it to the next day. There was a small voice that told me I was worthy, and I was strong. Every day that voice has grown stronger, and you are helping me write my success story. This scholarship is more than a financial award. It is an award of hope.” 

A local donor also provided pullups for the single parents with toddlers. Family members joined in and were also treated to a “Wake up your Brain” Tips by Rena’ Kelley, who has been an instructor with ASU for over 25 years. 

Focusing on ways to help our single parents be successful by building not only job skills but life skills, the Cleburne County volunteers work to provide wrap-around support for each single parent recipient. 

About Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund
: For 30 years, Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund has worked to create stronger, more educated, and more self-sufficient families. ASPSF opens doors for low-income single parents, helping them pursue education, secure employment, and transform the future for their families. With the help of volunteers and community support, ASPSF creates multigenerational change, transforming lives for both single parents and their children. For information about scholarships, volunteer opportunities and ways to give, visit

From left, volunteer Gynelle Linder, Ms. Barnes, recipient Tina Barnes, volunteer Rena’ Kelley, and volunteer Lawrie Music stand with ASPSF certificate and check.

ASPSF recipient Adrian Monroe is presented with pullups.

Single parents select work apparel donated by supporters as part of the Dress for Success Program.

Posted by Jen Para at 09:33
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