Being a single parent requires you to bear alone the financial, physical and mental burden of two parents. Bearing the financial burden of bringing up a child is very difficult for most parents, so bearing the additional cost of a college degree is close to impossible for most single parents. Most of the single mothers and fathers are unable to excel in their careers due to the lack of college degrees. Feeling the financial difficulties faced by single parents governments of almost all developed countries, including US government, have started aid programs for single parents.
According to a survey there are 100,000 families in Arkansas that are led by a single parent. These families account for one-third of the total families living in Arkansas, and most alarmingly about half of these 100,000 families are living below the accepted line of poverty for United States. Feeling this desperate situation The Arkansas Single Parent Scholarships Fund was formed, which is a large scale scholarship programs to help single parents pursue a higher education degree in a college, university or recognized educational institution.
The ASPSF works in collaboration with many donor agnecies and organizations to provide numerous scholarships to single parents who want to study in any field. These scholarship programs provide different opportunities and they have different deadlines because they are offered by numerous different sources. The scholarships fund generally provide for the costs of Tuition, books, utility bills and childcare. Some programs also provide for the cost of car maintenance.
To ensure that financial aid reaches those who really deserve it, The ASPSF has laid down some basic criteria that you must qualify to get the aid. In order to apply you must be a single parent living in Arkansas and you must have custody of at least one child who is under 18. You must also have financial need because these scholarships are not meant for people who can pay for their education without help. If you already have a college degree or professional diploma then you do not qualify for this aid.
The ASPSF provides scholarships to only residents of Arkansas, single parents living in other parts of USA and single parents from other countries can find hundreds of other scholarships program for them over internet. Single parents from developing countries may also be able to find some scholarship programs offered in their country, which are normally offered by NGO’s working for welfare of single parents.