ASPSF - Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund Enabling single parents to attain self-suffiencey through post-secondary education.




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Single Parent Scholarships (SPSF) are given to low-income single parents who are pursuing post-secondary education in preparation for skilled employment. Scholarship Funds are administered by affiliate organizations and volunteers in each county of Arkansas. Eligibility criteria and application requirements vary by county. To apply for a scholarship or to get involved, contact the affiliate SPSF serving the county you live in.


Leonel Cantu, SPSF of Johnson County

Inspiring and dynamic, Leonel Cantu brings a passionate heart and a strategic vision to his 3rd year on the Board of the Johnson County Single Parent Scholarship Fund. For Cantu, SPSF is all about the students. Under his leadership last year, the Johnson County affiliate hosted a regional ASPSF Job Skills workshop for single mothers and added several new local programs including a Financial Aid Workshop, a Mentoring Program, an Alumni Council and a student Emergency Fund. At every meeting Cantu focuses on how SPSF can support the growth of each recipient: as a student, as a parent and as a member of the community. Cantu has recruited and engaged key community leaders to the Board and set ambitious goals. In his career, he has worked with major banks across the country, from New York to California and is currently Relationship Business Banker for Russellville and Clarksville. Originally from Monterrey, Mexico, Cantu is a 1999 graduate of the University of the Ozarks and resides in Russellville with his wife Rachel and their three children.









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