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Scholarships available for single parents

Eligible single parents are invited to apply for Summer 2023 scholarships at The deadline to apply is March 15.

Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund (ASPSF) awards scholarships up to $1,200 to eligible single parents who are attending college or obtaining technical training. A full list of eligibility guidelines is available at

Ariana is working on her associate degree in general studies at Henderson State University.

“Thanks to the scholarship, I am able to work fewer hours to study more for exams. This is a big relief off my shoulders!” said recipient Ariana, who is working on her associate degree in general studies at Henderson State University.

ASPSF has made a huge impact on my family, education, and myself. At times when I was unable to work as much, I had ASPSF to rely on for help with my needs. They have kept me from giving up so many times!” said recipient Kirra, who’s studying nursing at Arkansas State University Three Rivers.

If awarded, recipients can use the funds for any combination of school and/or household expenses that remove a financial burden and help the student stay in school.

Scholarships are combined with wraparound services — including workshops, mentorships, and tutoring — to create a support system helping single parents along their higher education journey to graduation and professional employment. If a single parent is not attending summer school, he or she can apply later for another semester. Here are upcoming ASPSF scholarship application openings and deadlines:

  • Fall 2023 Semester: Apply between April 15-June 15, 2023
  • Spring 2024 Semester: Apply between Aug. 15-Oct. 15, 2023

For more information about Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund — which has awarded more than $30 million in scholarships across the state to single parents since 1990 — contact ASPSF Program Manager Laura Lee Williard at or (501) 762-0113.

Hot Springs resident Mallory receives her Fall 2022 scholarship from Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund. She’s studying for her bachelor’s in social work at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

About Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund
Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund works to create stronger, more educated, and more self-sufficient families. Through scholarships and services, 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

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