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Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund | Ongoing

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Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund: Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund is unique – the only organization of its kind in Arkansas. We impact the lives of impoverished families by assisting single parents who are enrolled in college or technical programs and seeking better-paying careers. We provide both financial assistance and personal support, not only helping parents improve their education level and earning potential but also the standard of living for their family, Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund exists to create stronger, more educated, and more self-sufficient families. Through collaboration with like-minded partners across the state and nation, we envision:

  • a sustained wave of opportunities for single parents
  • a systemic support system that meets students’ needs in navigating the path from academic success to meaningful work
  • graduates who are consistently employed at professional wages that support a higher standard of living for their families
  • old stigmas are replaced by a new view of single parents as valuable, contributing members of a competitive workforce and thriving community

Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund | Ongoing

When children see their parent studying and working hard for a degree, they see a value placed on education and they are far more likely to pursue higher education for themselves.

This shift in thinking allows those living in poverty to know that college is available for all individuals rather than just an elite few. This investment in each family we support helps us to shape the educational goals and career aspirations of future generations.

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How to Apply

  1. Make sure you meet all the eligibility criteria.
  2. Complete your online application.
  3. Submit required supporting documents
  4. Submit your application and required documents by the deadline
  5. Eligible applicants will be invited to interview with a friendly, local scholarship selection committee.

If you live in Benton, Carroll, Madison, Polk, Pulaski, Washington, or White Counties, our criteria may not apply to you. For local information, use our interactive map to find your local Single Parent Scholarship Fund.

SCHOLARSHIP ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

If you have continuously received this scholarship each Spring and Fall since Spring 2017, continue to follow the guidelines under which you entered our program. If you are a new applicant, follow the eligibility criteria below.

If you live in Benton, Carroll, Madison, Polk, Pulaski, Washington, or White Counties, our criteria may not apply to you. For local information, use our interactive map to find your local Single Parent Scholarship Fund.

Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund | Ongoing

To be eligible for the Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship, you must meet the criteria listed below.

  • You live in the state of Arkansas or in Bowie County, TX.
  • You meet the following definition of “single parent” (all 3 categories)
    1. Marital status:
      • You’re single (never married, widowed, divorced, legally separated*), or
      • You’re married but living apart and your divorce will be final by the time the scholarship is awarded*
    2. Parenting Status:
      • You’re the custodial parent or guardian with physical custody (50% or more) of at least one dependent child. A dependent child is:
        • 18 or younger, or
        • older than 18 and still in high school, or
        • a severely disabled adult living with and dependent on you*
    3. Living status:
      • You’re the only adult in the home with the child(ren), or
      • You live with parents or relative(s), or
      • You live with a roommate who is not your partner (significant other) or a co-parent*
  • You’re a legal resident of the United States (or a resident with DACA status), applying in the county where you live.
  • You’ve earned a high school diploma or GED.
  • You’ve not previously earned a bachelor’s degree.
  • You have at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA.
  • Your household income is typically not more than 250% of Federal Poverty Guidelines. (link to poverty guidelines)
  • You’ve completed or are in the process of completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) (not required for DACA students or those in an approved short-term training program).
  • You’re attending or planning to attend an ASPSF approved school or training program.
  • You’re pursuing a degree or certification that leads to employment at family-supporting wages.
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*You’ll be asked to explain your circumstances and may be asked for additional documentation.

Deadlines:

If you live in Benton, Carroll, Chicot, Jefferson, Madison, Marion, Polk, Pulaski, Sevier, Washington, White Counties, your application deadlines may differ. See below.

FALL:

  • June 15 – Priority deadline for Continuing Applicants only (submit by this date to receive priority consideration)
  • July 15 – Regular deadline for all applicants
  • September 15 – Late deadline for all applicants (may qualify for scholarships if funds are still available)

SPRING:

  • November 15 – Priority deadline for Continuing Applicants only (submit by this date to receive priority consideration)
  • January 15 – Regular deadline for all applicants
  • March 15 – Late deadline for all applicants (may qualify for scholarships if funds are still available)
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SUMMER:

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