About

The Mission

We are a community supported effort creating better, brighter futures for single parent families by offering encouragement and access to higher education.

The Mission

We are a community supported effort creating better, brighter futures for single parent families by offering encouragement and access to higher education.

The Facts

1 in 4 children in Arkansas lives in poverty.  With more than 186,000 children living in poverty, Arkansas has the third highest child poverty rate in the nation.

A major factor contributing to this problem is lack of education of the parent/head of household.   Arkansas consistently ranks near the bottom of the list of states in per capita residents who hold bachelor’s degrees or higher.

In Arkansas, 90% of single mothers do not hold a college degree. Single-headed families are even more likely to live in poverty and face limited educational and occupational opportunities.
A college degree can change these statistics – one family at a time.

The Purpose

The 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 to gain sufficient employment to meet the basic needs of their families.

Return on Investment

The success of SPSF NWA is really the success of the entire community.  Our graduates become productive, tax-paying, self-supporting members of the community.  Local businesses benefit from having a better educated workforce and consumers with disposable income.  Our cities and state benefit from having citizens who are tax payers instead of citizens dependent upon charitable and public resources.  Most importantly, the families we serve benefit by breaking the cycle of poverty.  The children in our scholarship families are more likely to attend college and succeed by modeling the example set for them by their parents.

The Facts

1 in 4 children in Arkansas lives in poverty.  With more than 186,000 children living in poverty, Arkansas has the third highest child poverty rate in the nation.

A major factor contributing to this problem is lack of education of the parent/head of household.   Arkansas consistently ranks near the bottom of the list of states in per capita residents who hold bachelor’s degrees or higher.

In Arkansas, 90% of single mothers do not hold a college degree. Single-headed families are even more likely to live in poverty and face limited educational and occupational opportunities.
A college degree can change these statistics – one family at a time.

The Purpose

The 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 to gain sufficient employment to meet the basic needs of their families.

Return on Investment

The success of SPSF NWA is really the success of the entire community.  Our graduates become productive, tax-paying, self-supporting members of the community.  Local businesses benefit from having a better educated workforce and consumers with disposable income.  Our cities and state benefit from having citizens who are tax payers instead of citizens dependent upon charitable and public resources.  Most importantly, the families we serve benefit by breaking the cycle of poverty.  The children in our scholarship families are more likely to attend college and succeed by modeling the example set for them by their parents.

Our History

Founded in 1984 by Marjorie Marugg-Wolfe and Ralph Nesson, the Single Parent Scholarship Fund offers scholarships and varied services through its community-based affiliates.  Awarding seven $150 scholarships in Benton County in its inaugural semester and eight $300 scholarships in Washington County in its first semester, the Single Parent Scholarship Fund paved the way for hope and opportunity for thousands of single parents in the state of Arkansas.

The Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Washington County (SPSFWC) was managed entirely by committed volunteers until 2000 when its first staff member was hired.  With dedicated professional staff, SPSFWC began to grow in terms of funds raised and scholarships awarded.

In 2009 we began to take a regional approach to awarding scholarships when the Single Parent Scholarship Funds of Carroll, Madison and Washington counties merged to become the Single Parent  Scholarship Fund of Northwest Arkansas.

Today, we award nearly $350,000 in scholarships annually to deserving single parents who are creating better, brighter futures for their families.

Our History

Founded in 1984 by Marjorie Marugg-Wolfe and Ralph Nesson, the Single Parent Scholarship Fund offers scholarships and varied services through its community-based affiliates.  Awarding seven $150 scholarships in Benton County in its inaugural semester and eight $300 scholarships in Washington County in its first semester, the Single Parent Scholarship Fund paved the way for hope and opportunity for thousands of single parents in the state of Arkansas.

The Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Washington County (SPSFWC) was managed entirely by committed volunteers until 2000 when its first staff member was hired.  With dedicated professional staff, SPSFWC began to grow in terms of funds raised and scholarships awarded.

In 2009 we began to take a regional approach to awarding scholarships when the Single Parent Scholarship Funds of Carroll, Madison and Washington counties merged to become the Single Parent  Scholarship Fund of Northwest Arkansas.

Today, we award nearly $350,000 in scholarships annually to deserving single parents who are creating better, brighter futures for their families.

Contact Us

16 W. Colt Square Drive
Fayetteville, AR 72703

Phone: 479-935-4888
Email: info@spsfnwa.org 

Our Network

To learn more about the efforts of Single Parent Scholarship fund outside of Carroll, Madison and Washington County visit www.aspsf.org to find your local affiliate

Application Deadlines for Traditional Scholarships

Spring Semester – October 15
Summer Semester – March 15
Fall Semester – June 15