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Jane Yamauchi

Alumni & Special Events Coordinator                                 

August 6, 2014




$7,000 matching funds benefit Garland County single parents

Ann Hair and Jane YamauchiThe Single Parent Scholarship Fund (SPSF) of Garland County recently received $7,000 in matching funds to use for local scholarships from the Arkansas SPSF, a state-wide non-profit organization.

Ann Hair, Chair of the SPSF of Garland County, said the matching funds plus another $13,000 raised by the Garland County committee will be used to provide about 34 scholarships to single parents in Garland County for the 2014 fall semester. Hair said applicants for the scholarships have been interviewed and will be selected and notified within the next couple of weeks. SPSF scholarships are distributed through National Park Community College (NPCC) Foundation. However, students do not have to attend NPCC to receive the award.

Jane Yamauchi, NPCC Development Office, works with the SPSF of Garland County Committee in identifying eligible applicants, interviews and scholarship notifications.

Eligibility for the scholarship includes being a resident of Garland County, a single parent with at least joint custody of one child or children under the age of 18, having completed the FASFA for federal aid or being a recipient of a Federal Pell Grant, and pursuing a career-oriented undergraduate course of study at least part time.

Established in 1990, the Arkansas SPSF’s mission is to effectively break the cycle of generational poverty through assisting single parents, men and women, in obtaining a post-secondary education. According to a 2011 American Community Survey, nearly one in five Arkansas families are led by single parents, of which 79% are single mothers. The Survey also reports that of those single mother households an estimated 44% live below the poverty line.

 The Arkansas SPSF reports of the students who have received SPSF scholarships 83% graduated with 63% of the graduates employed at above poverty-level income positions. For more information on the Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Garland County or for giving opportunities, please contact NPCC Development Office at 501-760-6582.

Pictured: Ann Hair, Chair of the Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Garland County, and Jane Yamauchi, NPCC Development Office, look over a list of eligible scholarship applicants.