Inspiring Us This Week: Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Benton Co.

The Single Parents Scholarship Fund of Benton County is known in our community for supporting the dreams and ambitions of low income single parents. Parents who strive to give themselves and their children a better life-a life out of poverty. Supporting the goals of these parents is why the Single Parent Scholarship Fund-Scholarships and Students program is “Inspiring Us This Week”. SPSF1

“This single mother came into our program several years ago and has recently graduated from our program. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and also earned her Doctorate in Osteopathic Medicine. She has recently joined Northwest Medical Center as a physician. She is one of our many great success stories and is the perfect example of our Alumni Council motto “Learn, Earn and Return” where she serves faithfully.This student not only has been a huge success but is involved now as a volunteer for our program and continues to impact her community.”

In 2014 we had 33 graduates of which 9 continued their education and 24 entered the workforce. Of the 24 entering the workforce, 100% are of the students and their children are out of poverty. The 24 entering the workforce, started our program with an average family income of less than $15,000, those same 24 now have an average family income of nearly $40,000. SPSF/BC invested a little over $300,000 in those 24 students over several years in order to immediately see an increase of $600,000 each year in family income, as well as, they are now less dependent or off of any assistance. Wow! What a great Return on Investment and a boost to our economy.SPSF3

Each year we have the opportunity for community groups, corporations, and individuals to be “Santa” for a season and provide gifts to a student and their family. It is a wonderful team building activity and great way to give back during the holiday season. Through the support of the Giving Tree program, over $30,000 of Christmas presents are given to our students and their families.SPSF2

 If you’re interested in helping this program, so that you can assist individuals as they work to move forward on the path to success, check out what your gift can do:

$5 a week ($260 a year) will provide:

School supplies, laundry detergent, paper products, hygiene products and many other non-food items that a single parent and their children living in poverty cannot purchase.

$10 a week ($520 a year) will provide:

Partial scholarship funding and support for 1 part-time student a semester

 $20 a week ($1,040 a year) will provide:

Scholarship funding and support for 1 full-time student a semester