Single parents awarded scholarships

Thursday, March 8, 2007

The Poinsett County Single Parent Scholarship Fund (PCSPSF) awarded $1,833 in scholarships to four single parent students who were selected for the first time. In addition, 11 returning students were awarded a total $5,500 for the spring semester of 2007 to provide supplemental financial assistance for them to continue their college or vocational degrees.

The scholarships are awarded each academic semester and recipients can receive additional awards as they progress in their academics. Recipients can use the money for car payments, childcare costs or anything else that will help them stay in school and focus on their studies.

Since its inception in 1995, the PCSPSF has awarded 87 recipients over $48,500 in scholarships. Awardees have completed their education in a variety of subjects to include business, nursing, cosmetology, philosophy, data processing, digital electronics and paramedics. Many of these graduates have lifted themselves from welfare dependency to become viable members of society for themselves, their families and the community.

PCSPSF scholarships are available to all Poinsett County single parents who have a high school degree or a GED and have at least one minor dependent living in their home.

To learn more about the PCSPSF go to the Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund (ASPSF) Web Site at www.aspsf.org. To apply for a scholarship click on "How to Apply", then click on Poinsett County on the map provided, then click on "Printable Application". Download the Application Form, fill it in and send it, along with the other information requested, to the address given on page one of the application. Or, you can hand-deliver your application to Jan Osment, at the ASU Technical Center 33500 Hwy 63, Marked Tree, (The old Delta Tech building).

The PCSPSF receives its funding from the generous donations of The Entergy Charitable Foundation, local businesses and clubs, and individuals in the county interested in increasing the number of work-ready, well-trained and highly motivated graduates of the scholarship program. All donations to the PCSPSF qualify for 501©3 tax deductions and are matched on a 1.5 to 1 ratio by the Arkansas SPSF. Donations can be sent to: Poinsett County Single Parent Scholarship Fund, % The Bank of Trumann, P0 Box 48, Trumann, AR 72472.

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