Ark. Single Parent Scholarship Fund holds conference at U of O

Release Date: 3/25/2010

Clarksville, Ark. --- The Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund (ASPSF) recently celebrated its 20th anniversary with a series of seven Regional Leadership Development Conferences, including the first one hosted by University of the Ozarks on March 11.

The ASPSF conference at U of O was held in the Seay Student Center and was attended by 21 representatives from five affiliate organizations, which included Franklin, Johnson, Logan, Perry and Pope/Yell counties.

The welcome address was given by Ralph Nesson, ASPSF executive director, and Clarksville Mayor Billy Helms. Guests from Aspire (Assisting Single Parent in Realizing Education) also attended the conference. Aspire is a national non-profit organization that supports local single-parent scholarship programs around the country.

ASPSF was founded in 1990 to establish scholarships in recognition of the severe impoverishment of single-parent families in Arkansas. As of December, the organization had provided more than 24,200 scholarships worth almost $13 million. Statewide, between 77-83 percent of single parent scholarship recipients remain in college or graduate each year.

For more information on the Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund, please contact ASPSF Johnson County Board President Misty Acord at 705-2603 or Vice President Dr. Jane Cater at 979-1352.