Frank Wise, administrator of the Fulton County Hospital, was on a mission to find eligible parents to qualify for a single parent scholarship fund -- and he succeeded.
Felicia Bramlett, 33, of Cave City has been awarded the first scholarship in the amount of $500 Sept. 18 from the Ozark Foothills Single Parent Scholarship Fund. She is enrolled in the University of Arkansas Community College in Batesville.
The funds from the scholarship can be used for child care, housing and transportation needs, said Clara Zeigler, OFSPSF board member.
In 2001 the Ozark Foothills Single Parent Scholarship Fund was established under the Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund to provide scholarships to enable single parents with limited finances from Fulton and Sharp counties to gain marketable skills and achieve self-sufficiency through education. This fund was set up to help improve the income earning potential for the recipient.
Zeigler said the program didn't get off the ground until 2002 and the spring semester had already started.
Wise attended the Salem Chamber of Commerce meeting Aug. 28 and told chamber members he was trying to find eligible parents who qualified for the scholarship.
Wise said single parents have difficulty getting degrees because they are busy raising families and trying to work to pay bills.
Any single parent with a child under the age of 18 living at home may apply for the scholarship. Applications may be picked up at the Fulton and Sharp county DHS office or local health departments.
All donations to OFSPSF from Fulton County will be matched 100 percent up to $4,000. All donations from Sharp County will be matched 150 percent up to $6,000 and are tax deductible donations.
Zeigler explained that Sharp County receives more because the county is considered to be part of the Delta.
Those interested in making a tax deductible donation to the scholarship fund can contact Wise at 895-2691 or Zeigler at 895-3309 in Fulton County or Sandy Carpenter at 994-2311 in Sharp County.