Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Northwest Arkansas, Inc. (SPSF NWA) works to help single parent families become financially stable and independent. We do this by providing direct financial assistance to low-income single parents who are pursuing a career-related course of study in order to gain sufficient employment to meet the basic needs of their families.
Who We Serve: SPSF NWA serves residents of Carroll, Madison, and Washington counties who are living at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty guideline, have custody of one or more minor children, and are enrolled in post-secondary education. In 2018, we anticipate providing direct financial assistance to 130 families.
Program Services: We offer direct financial assistance in the form of scholarships each academic semester (Spring, Summer and Fall). Unlike traditional scholarships, through SPSF NWA these scholarships are not restricted to books or tuition, but can be used for general living expenses such as child care, gasoline, rent, utilities, car insurance or even groceries. Full time students (taking 12 or more credit hours) receive $2,000 per semester while part-time students (taking 6 or more credit hours) receive $1,000. Summer scholarships are $1,000. In addition to direct financial assistance, we partner with other community groups to provide opportunities for personal and professional growth and family recreation that our students would not be able to afford. We also provide information and referrals to other agencies to address needs outside the scope of our services and offer extended resources such as free counseling services, tutoring, and learning coaching to help ensure students' success.
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