Criteria for the Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Benton County Program:
Single Parent Definition:
You’re single (never married, widowed, divorced, legally separated*), or
You’re married but living apart and your divorce will be final by the time the scholarship is awarded*
You’re the custodial parent or guardian with physical custody (50% or more) of at least one dependent child. A dependent child is:
18 or younger, or older than 18 and still in high school, or a severely disabled adult living with and dependent on you
You’re the only adult in the home with the child(ren), or
You live with parents or relative(s), or
You live with a roommate who is not your partner (significant other) or a co-parent*
*You will be asked to explain your circumstances and may be asked for additional documentation.
- A resident of Benton County.
- A legal resident of the U.S. or resident with DACA status.
- The primary custodial caregiver of at least one child who is under 18 or still in high school, or a severely disabled adult child who is a dependent of the single parent. Joint custody may also be considered.
- Has completed a high school degree or GED and has not completed a bachelor’s degree.
- Has low to moderate income, typically not more that 250% of federal poverty guidelines.
- Attends or plans to attend an approved post- secondary school.
- Pursuing a program of study that leads to employment that allows the family to move into economic self- sufficiency (out of poverty).
- Applicant has and maintains a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least a 2.0.