Meet scholarship recipient Kayse Cartwright, and her son, Cylis. Kayse is pursuing her Associate of Applied Science in Nursing at Northwest Arkansas Community College. We asked Kayse to tell us more about her journey as an SPSF NWA Scholar.

How did you hear about SPSF NWA?

 I currently live in the Springdale house for single mothers through Arkansas Baptist Children’s Homes & Ministries. The resident manager gave me a SPSF NWA flyer when I decided I wanted to go to school to further my education.

What made you decide to go back to school/ go to school for the first time?

I wanted to go to school because my dream is to have my own land and be as self sufficient as possible someday-while still spending as much time with my son. The minimum wage jobs would not give that to me, so the career path I chose was the right step for this dream.

How will life be different for you and your son after you graduate?

My son’s life and my own life be different after I graduate with my Associate of Applied Science in Nursing because not only will we have a steady income, but I will also be equipped with skills to help serve others in a way I couldn’t before. I will be able to spend more time with my son, and we will be one step closer to my dream of self sufficiency in all aspects of our lives.

Where/what do you find inspiration in?

I am very encouraged and inspired by the stories of others. Cylis and I did a ‘survivalist’ type adventure for about 6 months in 2017. We lived in an 18×18 military tent in the woods. There, we met another family that had done the same thing years before! Never in my life would I think anyone else would be crazy enough to do this willingly, but this family had. I was greatly inspired by them and got to laugh with them through their encouraging stories.

Favorite parenting moment?

Cylis and I were learning yoga together and I got stuck in a position because he kept laughing at me, which caused me to laugh and I couldn’t get up. I was balled up on the floor for at least seven minutes before he would stop laughing at me and I could stop laughing long enough to get out of the position.

Other than financially, what impact has SPSF NWA made on your life?

SPSF NWA has shown me that someone else in this world cares enough to help me and I am not alone in the daily struggles that come with being a single parent.

What would you like to say to SPSF NWA supporters?

Thank you!!! I do not believe I could accomplish what I have set out to accomplish without the support of all those intertwined with SPSF NWA.