Our Mission: To support single parents in attaining an education - opening the doors to a career that will enhance their families' lives.
Our History: ASPIRE of North Delta Mississippi is an independent, non-profit agency affiliated with ASPIRE (Assisting Single Parents in Realizing Education), a national organization of single parent scholarship programs based in Arkansas. The local organization was established and incorporated in March 2012. Statistics have continually shown Mississippi as having a higher percentage of single-parent families below the poverty level as compared to the national average. The majority of these families are headed by individuals with only a high school education.
One of the best weapons to combat poverty is through education. ASPIRE of North Delta Mississippi provides incentive scholarships to single parents who desire to earn a post-secondary degree through a college, university or technical school program - enabling them to obtain well-paying, skilled employment
ASPIRE assisting single parents in realizing education is a national nonprofit that supports other cities, counties and states in developing self-sufficient affiliate single parent scholarship programs across the country. Established in 2008, ASPIRE is modeled after the Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Benton County (SPSFBC) and the Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund (ASPSF). The ASPSF is the only existing statewide scholarship fund for single parents in the nation. ASPSF has been highly successful for over 20 years in educating at-risk, low-income single parents.
Local ASPIRE affiliates provide students with an alternative to government-assistance living by providing scholarships to single mothers and single fathers that help students with school and living expenses such as transportation, housing, childcare and utilities.
The program came about as a response to the increasing and severe impoverishment of single mothers and their children.