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More than 70 Counties seek applicants for Single Parent Scholarships

 

SPRINGDALE, AR (Nov. 21, 2011) - Single Parent Scholarship Funds throughout Arkansas have hundreds of scholarships for the Spring 2012 semester available for single parents in more than 70 of the state’s 75 counties.  In particular, scholarships are abundant in Calhoun, Drew, Howard, Lee, Nevada, Phillips and Woodruff Counties.

 

The Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund (ASPSF) is the private, nonprofit corporation, which is the umbrella organization for county funds providing scholarships to single parents throughout Arkansas. The Single Parent Scholarship Funds make it possible for single parents to go to college, raise their kids and make ends meet while earning a degree.  In fact, a comprehensive ASPSF recipient follow-up study completed in 2010 revealed a 92 percent retention and graduation rate among its application recipients. The scholarship amounts vary from county to county as do the eligibility requirements and deadlines.  Interested applicants should visit http://aspsf.org/students_spscholarships.html, click on their county of residence and download the application form.  Instructions on completing the application and where to return it are included in the application.

 

“Our scholarships can be used to offset the costs of tuition and books or pay for transportation, utility bills, doctor visits and daycare,” said Ralph Nesson, executive director of ASPSF.  “Our goal is to remove any obstacle that would keep a parent from attending college and earning a degree so she or he can build a firm foundation for the family.”

 

For more information about the Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund, visit http://aspsf.org or contact Ralph Nesson, ASPSF executive director, at 479-927-1402 or e-mail rnesson@aspsf.org.

 

About ASPSF

The ASPSF is a private, nonprofit corporation governed by a 21-member board of directors representing Arkansas' racial, economic and geographic diversity. The goal of the ASPSF is to assist poor single parents to complete their post-secondary education in preparation for skilled employment, and our strategy is to work at the county level to organize affiliate scholarship funds operated by local residents and provide on-site assistance with all phases of affiliate development. The ASPSF offers seed grants to new affiliates and annual matching grants to existing affiliates.

 

Currently, affiliate organizations representing 70 counties in Arkansas administer Single Parent Scholarships to deserving single parents. As of October 20, 2011, these affiliates awarded a combined total of 28,818 scholarships worth $16 since 1990. A comprehensive recipient follow-up study completed in 2010 revealed a 92 percent retention and graduation rate, the highest in ASPSF’s history to date.

 

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Spring 2012 Application Deadlines by County

 

 

County

Deadline

Boone

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Marion

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Baxter

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Fulton

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Sharp

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Randolph

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Clay

Friday, December 30, 2011

Newton

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Searcy

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Stone

Friday, December 30, 2011

Izard

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Lawrence

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Greene

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Crawford

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Franklin

Sunday, January 01, 2012

Johnson

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Van Buren

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Cleburne

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Independence

Friday, December 30, 2011

Craighead

Monday, January 30, 2012

Poinsett

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Mississippi

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Sebastian

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Logan

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Pope

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Jackson

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Scott

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Yell

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Perry

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Faulkner

Saturday, December 31, 2011

White

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Woodruff

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Cross

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Crittenden

Friday, January 20, 2012

Polk

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Montgomery

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Garland

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Lonoke

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Prairie

Thursday, December 15, 2011

St. Francis

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Monroe

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Lee

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Phillips

Sunday, January 01, 2012

Howard

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Pike

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Clark

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Grant

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Jefferson

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Arkansas

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Sevier

Thursday, January 05, 2012

Hempstead

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Dallas

Monday, February 20, 2012

Cleveland

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Lincoln

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Desha

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Nevada

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Ouachita

Monday, February 20, 2012

Calhoun

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Bradley

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Drew

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Little River

Friday, March 09, 2012

Miller

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Lafayette

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Columbia

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Union

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Ashley

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Chicot

Sunday, January 15, 2012

 

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