Ferrin C. (left) receives her Fall 2022 scholarship from Arkansas Single Father or mother Scholarship Fund Program Supervisor Kim Paul-Williams.
For the previous seven years, Ferrin C. has labored in Boone County’s nonprofit discipline, supporting household growth applications to assist low-income households discover self-reliance.
Nonetheless, she discovered herself desirous to do extra for her shoppers and her 10-year-old son, Jamon. She realized furthering her training would advance her profession and profit her shoppers.
“I need to present my shoppers what they’ve the potential to do for themselves,” she mentioned. “If I can do it, they will do it. Nothing must be accomplished on strictly ‘conventional’ phrases.”
At a Fall 2022 scholarship ceremony, Ferrin talks to recipients in regards to the assist they will obtain from her employer, Ozark Alternatives Inc., a nonprofit that supplies anti-poverty applications in north Arkansas.
So Ferrin determined to return to high school this fall to earn a bachelor’s in sociology from Arkansas State College, a number of years after graduating with affiliate levels from North Arkansas Faculty.
It hasn’t been a simple adjustment balancing faculty, work, and caring for her son and grandfather, however Arkansas Single Father or mother Scholarship Fund has made the transition smoother for Ferrin by way of its scholarships and help.
And to acknowledge her arduous work and dedication to reworking her household’s future, ASPSF has named Ferrin because the December 2022 Scholar of the Month.
“I attempt to do my very best to assist individuals and make it by way of in order that I can hopefully present a greater life for my kiddo,” Ferrin mentioned. “ASPSF has helped me acquire the instruments that I must additional my training and helped me keep afloat throughout inflation when occasions get actually tough.”
Ferrin herself has helped help fellow single guardian scholarship recipients. On the ASPSF Ozark West Area Fall 2022 Scholarship ceremony, Ferrin participated within the Parade of Assets the place she offered details about the methods her employer, nonprofit Ozark Alternatives Inc., helps low-income households with early childhood training, utility help, and different sources.
“I really like the nonprofit neighborhood outreach discipline,” Ferrin mentioned. “I plan to proceed serving the households in my neighborhood. If members of our neighborhood can proceed to develop for themselves, it is going to result in total neighborhood enchancment.”
For extra details about single guardian scholarships, volunteer alternatives, and methods to present, go to aspsf.org.