Creating better and brighter futures for single parent families.

We create a network of support that empowers determined single parent families through access to education.

Creating better and brighter futures for single-parent families.

We are a community supported effort creating better, brighter futures for single parent families by offering encouragement  and access to higher education.

Donate Today! Support Scholarships and Student Programs.

Donate Today! Support Scholarships and Student Programs.

Save the date for this year’s Spark of Hope!

Due to COVID-19, we’ve moved the date to September 1, 2020. For more information, check out our page here.


Ralph Nesson


We are heartbroken to report the passing of Ralph Nesson, SPSF Founder.

Ralph was the driving force behind SPSF Washington County, now SPSF NWA and eventually the statewide affiliate, Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund. His legacy lives beyond his time on earth because of thousands of single moms and dads who have benefited from his compassion.

If you had a chance to meet Ralph, you were instantly embraced in his warmth. He will be missed dearly by his family, an abundance of friends and a unique collection colleagues.

To read more about Ralph’s life, click here.

2019 Annual Report

I am happy to share that the state of Single Parent Scholarship Fund of NWA is strong!  Our success in 2019 is because of your belief in a better, brighter Northwest Arkansas.

Our 2019 Annual Report shares a glimpse into a year of achievements.  Included are the demographics and statistics of who we served and how your thoughtful donations are used.  However, one document cannot truly account for each and every story of achievement that our scholars experience.

A 2019 Fall Scholarship recipient recently stated: “My degree will grant me professional opportunities, but I’ve also found my purpose; I’ve found my confidence; I’ve found myself.”

Thank you for adding to the success of Single Parent Scholarship Fund of NWA in 2019.

Onward to a new decade full of promise!

Tyler B. Clark
Executive Director

Our Blog

At home with SPSF NWA Staff

(Carrie, Sara, Tyler, Mallory, Joy, and Katie Marie at Empower Summit in September 2019) For this edition of our newsletter, we thought it would be fun to catch up with SPSF NWA staff to see what they've been doing while working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic....

Contact Us

16 W. Colt Square Drive
Fayetteville, AR 72703Phone: 479-935-4888

Our Network

To learn more about the efforts of Single Parent Scholarship fund outside of Carroll, Madison and Washington County visit to find your local affiliate

Application Deadlines for Traditional Scholarships

Spring Semester – October 15
Summer Semester – March 15
Fall Semester – June 15

Non-Discrimination Policy

Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Northwest Arkansas, Inc. is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients. SPSF NWA does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.

These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services.

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