Single Parent Scholarship Fund Awards Ceremony Held

Thursday, October 4, 2018
Those on hand for the Single Parent Scholarship Fund scholarship presentations were, from left: program manager Wendy Stotts, Marissa Johnson, Benjamin Gore, Alexis Harley, Penny McCluskey, volunteer Duane Dutka, Courtney Keck, volunteer Annette Dutka and April Green.
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At a special ceremony held recently, six single parent students were presented scholarship award checks by the Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund (ASPSF) of Clay County.

Penny McCluskey and Benjamin Gore were presented awards funded in part by the ASPSF and the Arkansas Department of Higher Education. Marissa Johnson was presented with an award funded by a sub-grant by Entergy. Alexis Harley was presented with an award funded by Piggott State Bank. April Green was presented with an awarded funded by Don Roeder. Courtney Keck was presented with an awarded funded by the ASPSF.

The Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Clay County is led by a team of volunteers who raise funds to support single parents in their pursuit of higher education or professional certification. The ASPSF Clay County team includes Duane Dutka, Annette Dutka and Debbie Baker. Their efforts are supported by the state office of ASPSF, which is headquartered in Springdale, and the Northeast Arkansas program manager, Wendy Stotts.

With support from a number of partners and donors, 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 percent of students stayed in school, or completed their programs. It further indicated 65 percent of graduates were employed full-time within three-to-six months of graduation, and 90 percent of the graduates earned above-poverty wages.

Those wanting more information about supporting, or becoming involved, in the Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund may visit their website at www.aspsf.org

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