POCAHONTAS, AR November 1, 2019 – One Black River Technical College single-parent student was provided with a Pack ‘n Play playard through a partnership with the Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund and the Safe Sleep Coalition out of the Arkansas Children’s Hospital. In addition to a single parent scholarship funded by the Mary Sallee scholarship with the Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund, Brianna Emmons of Pocahontas received a Pack ‘n Play playard her her 3-month-old baby.
The Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund program, led by a team of dedicated volunteers, serves single parents residing across the counties of Arkansas who are currently enrolled in career-focused programs at approved colleges or trade schools. The volunteer team’s efforts are supported by the state office of ASPSF and local Program Manager, Wendy Stotts.
With support from partners, donors and volunteers, Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund works to break the cycle of poverty among single-parent families in Arkansas. ASPSF helps remove barriers to success through a holistic approach that includes tutoring, mentoring, developmental workshops and career coaching. Single Parent Scholarship Funds statewide award well over $1.5 million in scholarships each year. A follow-up of 2017 scholarship recipients revealed that 87% of students stayed in school or completed their programs and 65% of graduates were employed full-time within 3-6 months of graduation.
For more information about Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund or to review the scholarship eligibility criteria, visit aspsf.org. For application deadlines or other questions, contact Randolph County volunteer, Ashley Conrey at (870) 248-4000.