Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Crawford, Franklin and Sebastian Counties (SPSF CFS) is one of ten affiliates across the state to receive a $750 grant from Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund. The grant, funded through a grant from Wal-Mart State Giving Program, will be used to form an alumni council. SPSF CFS received its own 501(c)3 in 2006 and has tracked recipients who have graduated since then.
As a member of the council, alumni will stay connected with our supporters and recipients; attend our events and provide insight to SPSF CFS leadership from their perspective as alumni.
"The grant was given to SPSF CFS because of its strong program," said Ruthanne Hill, ASPSF Executive Director. "The affiliate maintains excellent connections and support with their scholarship recipients."
"We are proud to be chosen for this grant ," noted Linda Kaufenberg, SPSF CFS Executive Director. "Alumni will speak on behalf of SPSF CFS, serve as mentors, assist with special events and be involved with other recipient support activities."
SPSF is breaking the cycle of poverty for single parents by placing education within reach so they can provide for their families. We believe that the best way to get them on their feet without having to rely on government assistance is through education. Our goal is to empower them by helping them earn their degree or a certificate in a trade school.
From 2006 to spring 2014, 930 scholarships totaling $524,339 were given. In addition, SPSF has awarded 26 additional scholarships totaling $14,950 with a grand total of 956 scholarships worth $539,289. In 2013, 83% of recipients either stayed in school or graduated.
The mission of ASPSF is to improve the lives of single parents and their children, assisting single parents to complete post-secondary education, obtain skilled employment, and subsequently promote self-sufficiency and empowerment. ASPSF is a non-profit organization organized at the county level throughout the state of Arkansas. As of 2011, there were affiliates in 75 counties who administer single-parent scholarships for qualifying students. As of April 9, 2012, ASPSF has offered 30,582 scholarships, awarding nearly 17 million dollars.