The Union Pacific Community Ties Giving Program awarded the Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund, or ASPSF, a $7,000 Grant to create the 2023 Union Pacific Scholarship Project.
During the 2023 spring semester, the project will fund scholarships and wraparound services for 10 single parent students in Camden, Hope, Hoxie, Jonesboro, Little Rock, Texarkana and Van Buren.
Union Pacific’s Community Ties Giving Program provides small- and medium-sized grants that align with the railroad’s priority areas in safety, workforce development and community spaces.
“Union Pacific proudly supports organizations that improve the quality of life where our employees live and work,” said Scott Moore, senior vice president-Corporate Relations, chief administrative officer, and Union Pacific Foundation President. “Investing in high-quality, nonprofit programs puts our communities in a position for future growth and prosperity.”
Specifically, the 2023 Union Pacific Scholarship Project will assist low-to-moderate-income single parents who are raising their children while pursuing a career-focused degree or skilled-trade certification. Their higher education journey allows for a higher income, a higher standard of living for their families and a higher chance that their children will plan for their own higher education and professional employment.
Last year, ASPSF distributed $1.4 million in scholarships across Arkansas to over 900 single parents, who showed their 1,500 children that higher education is within reach. Investing in single parents not only strengthens communities with viable economic impact but also emboldens entire families to imagine a brighter future.