Building for Success

Our Story

For nearly forty years, Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Northwest Arkansas (SPSFNWA) has made tremendous strides to improve the quality of life for tens of thousands of single parent families throughout Northwest Arkansas.

In 1984, co-founders Marjorie Marugg-Wolffe and Ralph Nesson had a vision to award scholarships to families in Benton and Washington counties to provide hope and encouragement. Fifteen families benefited from the initial award of $200 per semester. Now, full-time recipients receive $2,500 per semester.

For many years, Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Washington County and Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Benton County operated seperately; however, in 2021 the two organizations merged to serve Benton, Carroll, Madison and Washington counties.

As of 2024, $17.8 million dollars in scholarship funds have been distributed to nearly 21,435 single moms and dads.

Our Why

Why Now?

SPSFNWA joined two organizations to best serve the entire NWA region in 2021, SPSFNWA now serves Benton, Carroll, Madison, and Washington counties.

How will the new building help our recipients and their families?

  • The ability to expand capacity to provide additional support services such as a dedicated supply pantry consisting of donated cleaning products, hygiene products, and other costly household items
  • Expansion of counseling services with a three-office suite that includes children, family, and adult therapy spaces
  • The creation of a therapy garden for an enhanced counseling tool
  • Access to additional dedicated individual and group study spaces
  • Ample and versatile education meeting space for SPSFNWA recipient events and trainings
  • Private wellness space to meet the needs of new mothers
  • Responding to the growth of the Northwest Arkansas community, the additional space will allow SPSFNWA to serve more single-parent families.

What will happen to the current facility?

The future sale of our current location, 2601 SW D Street, valued at $1.3 million, will be used to support the new project as an unrestricted maintenance fund.


Frankie Rankin, CFRE
Chief Philanthropy Officer


Stacy Seger
Senior Director of Philanthropic Strategy


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