Spark of Hope Extra Special This Year

Author: Marie Clapper

Spark of Hope Extra Special This YearIn Northwest Arkansas, the evening of June 22 will be extraordinary — no doubt about it. In addition to its being the second full day of summer, it is also the night of Single Parent Scholarship of NWA’s (SPSF NWA’s) annual Spark of Hope Campaign and Awards Ceremony, an event that in itself is always exciting and fulfilling for everyone involved.

In Northwest Arkansas, the spirit of giving and helping is deeply embedded in the culture. The sponsoring organization for Spark of Hope, Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Northwest Arkansas (SPSF-NWA), has won the hearts of many area residents and companies because of the unique support it offers. This non-profit group helps deserving parents complete their educations and provide brighter futures for their families through higher education. Each year, such parents receive scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $6,000 to help them earn their college degrees and begin their careers, many of which are in helping professions such as teaching and nursing.

The Spark of Hope program is always moving and inspiring, but this year, SPSF NWA has taken the excitement a step further by engaging Barrett Baber as its featured speaker.

Country Singer Barrett Baber Tells His Story

Spark of Hope Extra Special This Year

Baber, a native Arkansan, is a country singer who appeared in the ninth season of  NBC’s The Voice and walked away finishing in third place on its vocal competition. His musical success is impressive, and 2016 was an especially big year for him. In February, he released a new single, “Kiss Me Hello,” co-written with Kenny Lamb. Then in November, he released his newest album “A Room Full of Fighters,” and within the first day of the album’s release, it topped the ITunes Charts at top 20.

His personal story is dramatic as well. In 1999, Baber was a passenger on an American Airlines flight from Dallas to Little Rock that experienced extreme thunderstorm conditions while landing. The plane crashed, and a dozen people died. Certainly that experience has had a significant impact on Baber’s music and his life, and his story is certain to mesmerize.

People, Partners, and Corporations Honored by Single Parent Scholarship Fund of NWA

Each year, more than 450 SPSF NWA supporters and corporate sponsors attend the Spark of Hope dinner and awards ceremony to honor SPSF NWA’s supporters and students.  At this event the prestigious Spark of Hope awards are presented to an individual, a community partner, and a corporate sponsor. It is a beautiful culmination of a year of work and dedication by the SPSF NWA staff and all who support it with their time, talent, and funds.

Spark of Hope will be held June 22 at the Fayetteville Town Center. The evening begins with a reception at 6:00 p.m., followed by dinner and program at 7:00 p.m. Go to to find out more.




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