Who: Executive Women’s Network – Northwest Arkansas
What: The group gathered for the annual event and honoring distinguished members.
When: December 9
Where: Osage House in Cave Springs
Next: New Member Orientation, January 18
Information: linktr.ee/NEWNWA or newonline.org
Who: Northwest Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund
Event: This event is an opportunity for scholarship recipients and supporters to celebrate the holidays and serve as a fundraiser for the nonprofit.
When: December 9
Where: Heroncrest, Springdale
Information: (479) 254-8550 or spsfnwa.org
Members of the Northwest Arkansas Women’s Executive Network and Friends gathered December 9 at Osage House in Cave Springs for the group’s annual “Holiday Mixer” party. Organizers say the event was to celebrate “the end of an important year with diverse holiday traditions and culture”.
According to the group’s website: “The Executive Women’s Network is a servant organization focused on our mission to advance all women. Our culture is comprised of values that inspire us to be passionate, humble, and value all contributions.”
A new member orientation is set at noon on January 18th.
The new Northwest Arkansas board members are Carol Villa, Douglas Waller, Katie Holly, Heather McIntyre, Karen Stocky, Susan Dukes, Kaley Ackoff, Candy Friedman, Bethany Stevens, Lila Davidson, Alison VanMattery, Tina Wenham and Kimberly McGee.
The Single Parent Scholarship Fund gathers Northwest Arkansas supporters for the annual Jingle Mingle Gala on December 9 at Heroncrest in Springdale. Organizers say the event “celebrates the success of the recipients and is a night to thank supporters and guests, as well as raise funds to support single mothers and fathers who enroll in institutions of higher education in pursuit of a better future for themselves and their families.”
Three-time scholarship recipient Melissa Morgan shared her experiences with SPSF NWA with the attendees. When her 26-year marriage ended in 2019, Morgan was a homemaker of three children for decades. “To say that I was afraid would be an understatement…From my first encounter with the scholarship program, I was treated with respect and warmth. I had so many insecurities regarding my age and this situation that I found myself in this stage of life. I was overwhelmed with grief and a lot of uncertainty.”
Morgan received her first SPSF NWA scholarship in July 2020, has since completed prerequisites and will begin studying this month in the Occupational Therapy Assistant degree program at Crowder College.
“Having the scholarship money to set aside for school expenses, transportation or utilities has been a gift, but feeling like I had a group of people in my corner was like a world to me. It’s hard to start over and sometimes I feel kind of lonely, so I am Grateful not only for the financial benefits, but also for all the other benefits of being a part of this scholarship.”
The Trust helps single fathers in Benton, Carroll, Madison and Washington counties, “and works to help single parent families become financially stable and independent. We do this by providing direct financial assistance to low-income single parents who are pursuing a job-related course from Study in order to have enough work to meet the basic needs of their families.”
In addition to funds for the school, the group assists recipients with living expenses and provides an orientation program and other forms of support to recipients and their families during graduation.
Scholarship backers include Anthony Sumlin, Melissa and Randy Werner, Shel and Brent Summers, Barbara and Wade Smith, Kathy and Denton Selihan, Christina and Sean Taylor, Sherry and Jeff Dillard, David Erstein, Mary Bowman, James Bell, Ellis Bell, Bob King, Dale Ford and Ivy Jim Rollins, Janet, Luke Barch, Kai, Jeff Franco and Melanie Kwan.
For more event photos – nwadg.com/photos/society.
Columnist Carin Schoppmeyer can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.