NEWPORT — The Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund recently recognized Newport residents Melissa Harp and Quinntina Richardson with awards, based on their outstanding achievements and commitment to their educational success.
Harp is a nursing student enrolled at ASU-Newport, pursuing her dream to become a travel nurse.
“I have wanted to be a nurse as long as I can remember,” she said. “I love helping others and feel it is finally time to make this dream come true. The ASPSF has been supportive from day one, giving me encouragement and motivation.”
Richardson is pursuing her degree in education at Arkansas State University with the goal of working with special education students.
“I started volunteering with Head Start and realized how much I really loved being around the students, reading to them, coloring and helping them write their names,” she said. “I invest into them the same energy I do with my daughter; I love what I do.”
For 30 years, ASPSF has worked to create stronger, more educated and more self-sufficient families. With the help of volunteers and community support, ASPSF creates multigenerational change, transforming lives for both single parents and their children by helping parents pursue education, secure employment and transform the future for their families.
It is supported in part by a grant from Entergy Arkansas. For information about scholarships, volunteer opportunities and ways to give, visit aspsf.org.