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College? Now's the Time

If you want to go to college, it's a good time to be an Arkansan.

Now, more than at any other time in our state's history students of all backgrounds can enter higher education.

Whether you are a traditional student--a graduating high school senior--or any of the myriad nontraditional students--single parents, adults with a GED, naturalized citizens--there are programs available to help you pay for college and the cost of living necessary to do so.

The Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund has helped hundreds of single parents pursue higher education to begin careers, contribute to the communities in which they live and work, and inspire their children to do the same. With the advent of the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery programs, even more single parents are able to go to college and provide for their minor children.

And, when their children become eligible to apply for college, the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery will help these same parents provide a way for their kids to follow in their footsteps.

Programs like the Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund, the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery and Arkansas Career Pathways clear the obstacles for all eligible single parents--widowed, divorced and unwed--so not only can they afford the tuition, books and fees required of all students, but also transportation, daycare, utilities and the other necessities of daily life.

It takes a tremendous amount of courage to overcome the severe impoverishment some single-parent families face.

Now, because of 21 state and lottery-funded scholarship, grant and loan reimbursement programs, these adults can break the cycle of poverty in their families, set a positive example for their children and see the fruit of their sacrifice, hard work and dedication in the security of future generations.

The ultimate winners, however, are all Arkansans as these same people will go on to broaden the economic development of every community in our state.

I urge you to learn more about the Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund (, the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery (ADHE. edu) and Arkansas Career Pathways (

Whether you are considering a higher education or know someone who would benefit from these programs, there are resources available that can make a better life attainable today.

I'd like to thank the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery, Arkansas Career Pathways, the Boards of Directors at the Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund and our volunteers for providing the funds for these industrious students to go to college. Generations of Arkansans will reap the benefits.

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Ralph Nesson

Executive Director

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Scholarship Fund
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Author:Nesson, Ralph
Publication:Arkansas Business
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Aug 15, 2011
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